Mul­roney chil­dren a big part of royal wed­ding

The Hamilton Spectator - - Canada & World - VIC­TO­RIA AHEARN

TORONTO — Satur­day’s nup­tials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely have a youth­ful charm and a Cana­dian help­ing run things be­hind the scenes, says a Bri­tish roy­alty ex­pert, af­ter word that all three of Ben and Jes­sica Mul­roney’s chil­dren are in the wed­ding party.

Four-year-old Ivy Mul­roney will be a brides­maid while sev­enyear-old twins Brian and John Mul­roney will act as page boys, Kens­ing­ton Palace an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

The Mul­roneys are said to be good friends with the en­gaged duo and live in Toronto, where Jes­sica is a stylist and brand strate­gist, and Ben is co-host of CTV’s “Your Morn­ing” and an­chor at “Etalk.”

Ben Mul­roney is also the son of for­mer prime min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney.

“I think she’s go­ing to be very in­volved be­hind the scenes,” Katie Ni­choll, au­thor of the biog­ra­phy “Harry: Life, Loss and Love,” said of Jes­sica Mul­roney.

“I was told that she’s been over sev­eral times to see the dress, she was there for the first fit­ting and for the fi­nal fit­ting. I think she’s been very much a part of help­ing Meghan cull ev­ery­thing to­gether for the evening re­cep­tion and prob­a­bly has helped with the out­fits for the wed­ding party as well.”

A to­tal of six young brides­maids and four page boys make up the wed­ding party.

The oth­ers in­clude three-yearold Princess Char­lotte and fouryear-old Prince Ge­orge.

Other brides­maids in­clude two of Markle’s god­daugh­ters and two of Prince Harry’s god­daugh­ters. One of Harry’s god­sons was also se­lected as a page boy.

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