Jessica Mulroney: Meghan Markle's Best Friend Fired Amid Allegations of Racism

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Longtime Meghan Markle stans are no doubt familiar with her best friend Jessica Mulroney, who's been at the duchess' side for years, and has helped her celebrate numerous personal and professional milestones.

Now, Mulroney finds herself making headlines for reasons that have nothing to do with Meghan, and everything to do with her problematic interactions with a prominent influencer.

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Mulroney was called out this week by Sasha Exeter, a well-known figure on Instagram, who like so many other Black influencers, has been using her platform to bring attention to racial unrest in America.

On Thursday, Mulroney issued a lengthy statement in which she apologized for her mistreatment of Exeter:

"I want to say from my heart that every word of my apologies to Sasha over the course of the last two weeks privately, and again both publicly and privately today is true," Mulroney wrote.

"I did not intend in any way to jeopardize her livelihood. We had a disagreement and it got out of hand. For that I am sorry."

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Jessica added that she intends to make amends to amends to "Black voices by having them take over my account and share their experience."

She invited Exeter to take over her account "whenever she is comfortable."

Mulroney went on to say that she intends to "use this time to reflect, learn and listen" and will be taking time away from the spotlight in order to do so.

"The real work of bringing change goes beyond Instagram, and I want you all to know that I'm committed to using every platform and resource available to me to continue the important work of anti-racism," she concluded.

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"I hope you will all continue to hold me accountable." 

According to Exeter, Mulroney responded negatively to a post in which she urged everyone "use their voice for good and help combat the race war and what's happening to the Black community." 

"Unfortunately though, one very prominent Canadian figure, who used to be an acquaintance of mine, named Jessica Mulroney, took offense to a very generic call to action that I shared to my IG Stories," Exeter said.

"And what happened next was a series of very problematic behavior and antics that ultimately resulted in her sending me a threat in writing last Wednesday, June 3.

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"Listen, I'm by no means calling Jess a racist, but what I will say is this: she is very well aware of her wealth, her perceived power and privilege because of the color of her skin," Exeter continued.

Exeter added that she was surprised by Mulroney's reaction, as she knows that her antagonist is friends with "arguably one of the most famous Black women in the world." 

Sasha adds that Jessica "wrongly assumed" her call to action was aimed directly at her.

"Maybe this is possibly her showing her guilt for her lack of action and because of that she began to lash out at me," she added.

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"I have spoken to companies and people about the way you have treated me unfairly. You think your voice matters. Well, it only matters if you express it with kindness and without shaming people who are simply trying to learn. Good luck," Mulroney wrote to Exeter in a private message.

"For her to threaten me—a single mom, a single Black mom—during a racial pandemic blows my mind."

Thursday night, Mulroney apologized to Exeter in a message that has since been deleted.

"I am unequivocally sorry for not doing that with you, and for any hurt I caused," she wrote.

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"As I told you privately, I have lived a very public and personal experience with my closest friend where race was front and centre. It was deeply educational. I learned a lot from that. I promise to continue to learn and listen on how I can use my privilege to elevate and support Black voices."

Shortly thereafter, however, Mulroney sent Exeter a private message in which she threatened her with a libel suit.

In the wake of this scandal, Canadian network CTV has announced that it will no longer be airing episodes of Mulroney's reality show, I Do, Redo.

Both women have vowed to take some time away from social media in the wake of this altercation -- and it seems we may not be hearing from Jessica again for quite some time.

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