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Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney posts supporting message as her friends rally around her

MEGHAN Markle’s friends have rallied around the duchess after she announced with Prince Harry last night that they are stepping down as ‘senior’ royals. 

The mum-of-one’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney, took to Instagram today to share a defiant message of support in the wake of the shocking news. 

Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney has posted a defiant message following the duchess stepping back as a senior royal
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Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney has posted a defiant message following the duchess stepping back as a senior royalCredit: Instagram/jessicamulroney

Jessica, 40, who has been a fashion advisor to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie, shared a quote by American filmmaker Gina Carey. 

The text read: “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”

In addition to the defiant post, the Canadian stylist also posted a heart emoji on a post by journalist Katie Couric about the news.

Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, posted on Instagram they plan to "step back" from royal duties and split their time between Britain and North America - with Canada expected to be their second home.

Jessica shared this empowering quote with her 350,000 followers on Instagram
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Jessica shared this empowering quote with her 350,000 followers on Instagram
Jessica posted a supportive heart emoji under this post by journalist Katie Couric following the news
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Jessica posted a supportive heart emoji under this post by journalist Katie Couric following the newsCredit: Instagram/Katie Couric

The couple say they will be "financially independent" as they "carve out a progressive new role", but will still support the Queen.

Yesterday the BBC reported no other members of the Royal Family were told before the bombshell announcement - with the Queen said to be "disappointed".

And a statement from Buckingham Palace admitted discussions with the couple will be "complicated".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the shock announcement last night
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the shock announcement last nightCredit: Instagram
Meghan's friend actress Jameela Jamil shared a supportive tweet after the announcement
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Meghan's friend actress Jameela Jamil shared a supportive tweet after the announcementCredit: Twitter/Jameela Jamil

An insider also told The Sun: "Their statement was not cleared with anyone.

“It breaks all protocol. This is a declaration of war on the family. The Queen is deeply upset. The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge are incandescent with rage."

This is not the first time that Jessica has leapt to the defence of the couple on social media. 

In August, she took to Instagram to call out “racist bullies”, following the backlash of Meghan and Prince Harry taking four private jets in 11 days.

Meghan befriended Jessica when she was in Toronto working on Suits
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Meghan befriended Jessica when she was in Toronto working on SuitsCredit: Instagram/jessicamulroney

Jessica’s post read: “When someone faces unfair criticism, you call it out.

“When that person is your friend and your family, you call these critics what they truly are.

“Shame on you, you racist bullies.”

In August, Jessica called out critics for being 'racist bullies'
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In August, Jessica called out critics for being 'racist bullies'

Meghan befriended Jessica, who is married to Ben Mulroney, son of former Canadian prime minister, Brian Mulroney, when she lived in Toronto for her role in Suits. 

The two women became firm friends after bonding over a mutual love of yoga, and shared photos of trips they took together.

The stylist is said to have flown over for four days to help Meghan prepare for her wedding, and also attended the royal’s star-studded baby shower in New York. 

TV host Piers Morgan slammed the duchess for her actions over the past few years
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TV host Piers Morgan slammed the duchess for her actions over the past few yearsCredit: Twitter

Jessica isn’t the only star to have defended Meghan and Harry’s decision to carve their own path. 

In response to the news, outspoken actress Jameela Jamil praised the couple saying on Twitter: “And that folks, is what power looks like.”

Meanwhile, outspoken TV host Piers Morgan slammed their decision, saying: "People say I'm too critical of Meghan Markle - but she ditched her family, ditched her dad, ditched most of her old friends, split Harry from William & has now split him from the Royal Family.

"I rest my case".

We shared how Prince Harry is ‘doing what he’s told’ by Meghan Markle who wanted to get out of the limelight, royal photographer says.

The Sun has learned Harry and Meghan wish to keep Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate and want their security bill paid for.

The final straw for Harry and Meghan was the official release of a new royal portrait featuring The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

Royal photographer Arthur Edwards says 'Harry is doing what he's told' as the Sussexes announce they're standing down as senior royals
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