Jessica Mulroney has deleted a throwback snap of one of her twin sons at Meghan Markle’s wedding, after initially posting it on Thursday amid reports of a fallout with the Duchess of Sussex.
The stylist, 40, from Canada, first shared the sweet image on Instagram, writing: ‘When I feel dark and grey, I see this and it all goes away.’
She later amended the caption, changing it to: ‘I see this and pure joy.’
But Jessica, who was emblazoned in a race row earlier this year leading to the Duchess of Sussex, 39, to reportedly cut ties with her, has since deleted the image from her Instagram page.
Mother-of-three Jessica returned to the social media platform on August 11 following a two-month break after black influencer Sasha Exeter accused her of ‘threatening her livelihood’ after ‘taking offence’ at a Black Lives Matter video posted by the online star.
The Duchess was reported to have cut ties with Jessica in the wake of the controversy, with a source telling the DailyMail.com at the time she was left ‘mortified’ by the scandal and informed her close friends she felt she could ‘no longer be associated’ with her.
‘Meghan is absolutely mortified that she’s been dragged into this complete mess. She said Jessica is in no way a racist, but the way she handled the situation [with Sasha] was tone-deaf and heartbreaking,’ a close friend of Meghan’s said at the time.
‘Meghan said friends reflect friends and because of what’s at stake she can no longer be associated with Jessica, at least not in public.
‘She has to do what she has to do in order to preserve her dignity and her own reputation,’ the source added, admitting that they ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if the controversy was the ‘beginning of the end of their friendship’.
But earlier this month Jessica shut down the rumours, branding a commenter’s suggestion on one of her posts that she had been ‘dumped’ by Meghan ‘fake news’.
This week’s post was thought to be to be a further attempt from Jessica to show she remains good friends with the former actress – who now lives with Prince Harry, 35, in Santa Barbara.
But the mysterious disappearance of the photo from her Instagram page has added fuel to the fire of rumours of a rift between the pair.
Jessica’s twins John and Brian, now 10, served as page boys at the Royal Wedding in May 2018, and the sweet image showed a toothless Brian grinning wildly as he stood behind ‘Aunt Meghan’ as she entered St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
The stylist and influencer recently credited her sons for ‘giving her the will to live when everything fell apart’ in a post shared to mark their tenth birthday.
Jessica took a break from social media after influencer Sasha Exeter claimed she ‘threatened her livelihood’ after they became embroiled in an argument over race.
Finding Freedom, the explosive biography about the Sussexes written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, recently shed light on the history of Jessica’s friendship with the Duchess.
It told how Meghan and Harry spent time with the Mulroneys, part of the Canadian political dynasty, before their relationship was made public in 2016, and ‘hid out’ at the family home when the news first broke.
It was there, the authors claim, that Meghan ‘fell hard’ for her now-husband after getting a ‘first-hand glimpse of how Harry might be as a father’.
Jessica’s friendship with Meghan was not the only aspect of her life that suffered as a result of the recent controversy.
Having quickly shot to fame thanks to her close friendship with the Duchess, Jessica’s fall from grace was even swifter.
DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that ABC had quickly severed ties with her, confirming that Jessica would not be returning to her occasional role as a fashion contributor on Good Morning America.
Canadian TV network CTV also distanced themselves from the stylist, revealing that it was pulling all episodes of her wedding-focused reality show I Do Redo from its platforms ahead of its expected US premiere on Netflix.
Jessica then stepped down from the board of directors of The Shoebox Project, a charity that she founded with her sisters-in-law, Caroline, Vanessa, and Katy Mulroney.
In a statement shared on Instagram, the charity said: ‘Jessica Mulroney is a founding member of The Shoebox Project and she has dedicated herself to its growth and success over the years, for which we are very grateful.
‘In light of recent events, the charity supports Jessica’s decision to step away from the Board of Directors.’
Jessica’s husband Ben – the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney – went on to stepp down from his role as the host of CTV’s celebrity news show ‘etalk’, a position that he had held for 18 years.
Jessica appears to be taking steps towards making amends; earlier this month she revealed on Instagram that she has used some of her time away from the platform to work on a project to help ‘marginalized communities across Canada’.
Although the mother-of-three did not elaborate or offer any other details about the project, she did offer a potential hint in a follow-up Instagram Story post, in which she said: ‘If anyone has old computers they no longer use, please DM me.’