Mulroney children to act as bridesmaid, page boys at royal wedding
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 seven-yearold 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 for the Windsor Castle ceremony.
The others include Princess Charlotte, who is the three-year-old daughter of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and their four-year-old son, 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.
Harry’s press secretary, Jason Knauf, said earlier this month that all of the bridesmaids and page boys would be children.
Having an all-children wedding party is “quite traditional,” said Nicholl, noting Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, also did the same.
“It’s a little risky, because obviously these are very young children. The youngest is only two and the oldest is seven, so there’s potential for chaos, of course,” she said Wednesday in a phone interview from London.
“But I think it will be down to Jessica Mulroney to probably help make sure they’re all kept in check. There will be more than one rehearsal at the chapel, more than one practise run so that all the children know exactly what they’re doing.”
The children might also provide some of the most memorable moments of the day, added Nicholl. She pointed to the famous photo of Prince William’s goddaughter/ flower girl Grace Van Cutsem covering her ears as he and the Duchess of Cambridge shared their first public kiss on their wedding day.
Ben Mulroney and his bride Jessica Brownstein leave St. Patrick’s Bascilica in Montreal after their wedding ceremony on Oct. 30, 2008.