Royal guests

Journal Pioneer - - PRINCE COUNTY -

Chil­dren of TV per­son­al­ity, Ben Mul­roney will play a role in this week­end’s royal wedding.

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-year-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 for the Wind­sor Cas­tle cer­e­mony. The oth­ers in­clude Princess Char­lotte, who is the three­year-old daugh­ter of Prince William and the Duchess of Cam­bridge, and their four-yearold 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.

“I think they will add a charm to the big day, and one of them will prob­a­bly end up up­stag­ing the bride — and it might well be Princess Char­lotte,’’ she said.

It’s been widely re­ported that Jes­sica Mul­roney be­came good friends with the Amer­i­can-born Markle when the ac­tress moved to Toronto to shoot her sev­ensea­son run of the Bravo/USA Net­work se­ries “Suits.’’

The Mul­roney chil­dren of­ten ap­pear on Jes­sica’s In­sta­gram ac­count, where she has 118,000 fol­low­ers.

“The Mul­roneys were, I think, quite in­stru­men­tal in this re­la­tion­ship from the start,’’ Ni­choll said.

“Harry spent a lot of time with the cou­ple and their chil­dren, and in fact, as I re­veal in my book ... it was a mo­ment at the Mul­roneys when Meghan re­al­ized that Harry might be the one. He turned up armed with presents for the chil­dren and he com­pletely won them over.’’ Raised in Montreal, Mul­roney has also worked as a bridal con­sul­tant and fash­ion ex­pert. Ear­lier this month Hud­son’s Bay Co. an­nounced she is tak­ing on a big­ger role at the Cana­dian re­tailer, act­ing as spokes­woman for the new brand CORE Life.

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