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Meghan Markle has ‘grown apart’ from former best friend Jessica Mulroney

Meghan Markle has ‘grown apart’ from former best friend Jessica Mulroney after she was left ‘suicidal’ over a racism row this summer, sources have revealed.

It was claimed in August that the Duchess of Sussex, 38, had cut ties with the stylist, 40, from Toronto, after black influencer Sasha Exeter accused her of ‘threatening her livelihood’ after ‘taking offence’ at a Black Lives Matter video posted by the online star.

Speaking to The Post about the scandal, sources claimed Jessica battled ‘severe depression and suicidal thoughts’, revealing: ‘Jess couldn’t talk without crying. She didn’t feel like herself on the meds and she didn’t want to talk to anyone. She could barely respond to a text message.’

Meanwhile they added that Meghan and Jessica’s ‘friendship is not what it once was’, adding: ‘It’s not because of [Exeter]. They’ve just grown apart.’

Meghan Markle, 38, has ‘grown apart’ from former best friend Jessica Mulroney, 40, from Toronto after she was left ‘suicidal’ over a racism row this summer, sources have revealed (pictured together in 2015)

Jessica insisted that while she has been accused of using Meghan as ‘her superpower’, she ‘refuses’ calls to talk about her.

She said it was ‘protecting’ a friend, while sources added that the stylist would ‘put into contracts’ that she wouldn’t speak about the Duchess.

Jessica added that she is ‘constantly’ in touch with Meghan, saying she often ‘checks up’ on her.

Jessica and Meghan have been close friends for years, with the stylist’s daughter a bridesmaid and Brian and his twin John serving as page boys at the Duchess’s wedding to Prince Harry.

Jessica insisted that while she has been accused of using the Duchess of Sussex as ‘her superpower’, she has ‘refused’ calls to talk about her

The Duchess was reported to have cut ties with Jessica in the wake of the racism controversy, with a source telling the DailyMail.com she was left ‘mortified’ by the scandal and informed her close friends she felt she could ‘no longer be associated’ with her.

Jessica’s friendship with Meghan was not the only aspect of her life that suffered as a result of the recent controversy.

Having quickly shot to fame thanks to her close friendship with the Duchess of Sussex, Jessica’s fall from grace was even swifter.

DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that ABC had quickly severed ties with her, confirming that Jessica would not be returning to her occasional role as a fashion contributor on Good Morning America.

It was claimed in August that the Duchess of Sussex was reported to have cut ties with Jessica after black influencer Sasha Exeter (left) accused her of ‘threatening her livelihood’ after ‘taking offence’ at a Black Lives Matter video posted by the online star

Canadian TV network CTV also distanced themselves from the stylist, revealing that it was pulling all episodes of her wedding-focused reality show I Do Redo from its platforms ahead of its expected US premiere on Netflix.

She then stepped down from the board of directors of The Shoebox Project, a charity that she founded with her sisters-in-law, Caroline, Vanessa, and Katy Mulroney.

Jessica’s husband Ben – the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney – then stepped down from his role as the host of CTV’s celebrity news show ‘etalk’, a position that he had held for 18 years.

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