Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Taking Her Best Friend on Her Royal Tour of Australia

Meghan Markle is all about her girl squad, even when she’s traveling across the world for a major royal tour. According to reports, the Duchess of Sussex has decided to bring her best friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney on the road with her next week when she and Prince Harry kick off a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand—because even a duchess needs her BFF nearby.

The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times both report that Mulroney will be on hand with her husband, Ben, in an “unofficial capacity”—reportedly meaning they’ll be paying their own way and kind of just casually tagging along on the royal tour, NBD. They’re expected to fly from Toronto to meet Prince Harry and Markle when the tour launches at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday.

Mulroney has often styled Markle for important events, and with the amount of stops and photo ops Markle will be doing on this tour, it could be handy to have a little casual behind-the-scenes advice in the style department, since she might have as many as three outfit changes in a single day. Mulroney likely provided her expertise for Markle’s engagement party last November, and might have also been behind the beige trench coat from House of Nonie that the Duchess of Sussex wore to the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibit in London in July.

The two have reportedly been friends since they met in 2011, back when Markle was on Suits (Mulroney is based in Toronto, where the show was shot). Since becoming buds, they’ve been photographed together a number of times, and Mulroney was one of the guests at Markle’s wedding in May.

She’s also one of the duchess’s core group of friends, who also include power women like tennis legend Serena Williams and actress Priyanka Chopra. They’re so close that when Markle was planning her wedding, Mulroney was rumored to be one of the friends she was considering as a maid of honor.

Although Markle didn’t end up going with anyone as a maid of honor (how would you choose, with that crowd?), it’s clear the two are still super tight—and this tour sounds like it’s going to be a girls trip to remember.

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