Over the summer, Meghan Markle’s former best friend Jessica Mulroney, a stylist from Canada, found herself in hot water when she became embroiled in a white privilege scandal. Now, a source close to Mulroney has come forward to claim that at the height of the scandal, Mulroney started having suicidal thoughts.
Mulroney had been Meghan’s best friend for years before she was accused by social media influencer Sasha Exeter of trying to use her “white privilege” to threaten her back in June. Exeter said she had taken to Instagram that month to share a “generic call to action” on her story urging her followers to speak up in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Though she did not single anyone out specifically with the message, Exeter said that Mulroney “took offense,” believing the message was aimed at her.
“Listen, I am 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 said, going on to accuse Mulroney of “textbook white privilege.”
Friends of Mulroney’s have since revealed that she was put on heavy anti-depressants during the scandal.
“Jessica has always been very open about dealing with anxiety since she was 12,” a source close to Mulroney told Page Six. “But the anxiety turned into severe depression and suicidal thoughts.”
Things got so bad that Mulroney’s mother had to come take care of her.
“Jess couldn’t talk without crying,” the source said. “She didn’t feel like herself on the meds and she didn’t want to talk to anyone. She could barely respond to a text message.”
Mulroney’s husband Ben, who quit his job as a television host, told a friend, “I would wake up and Jess wouldn’t be in bed, and my mind would go to the worst.”
The insider went on to say that Meghan and Mulroney’s “friendship is not what it was once, but it’s not because of [Exeter]. They’ve just grown apart. Of course, Meghan has been worried about Jess. She’ll always have love for her.”
Mulroney, however, claimed that Meghan “constantly Facetimes and checks up on me.”
These days, Mulroney has tapered her medications and is focusing her time on charity work.
“I know I have a charmed life,” Mulroney said. “I have to learn from all of this — but I am not racist. I just want to try to move on from this.”