Meghan Markle’s pal shares ‘reframing an experience can keep you alive’ message

Meghan Markle's pal Jessica Mulroney has shared an empowering message saying "reframing an experience can keep you alive".

The stylist, 41, from Toronto in Canada, is said to be the Duchess of Sussex's "closest friend" with the pair's relationship stretching back for years.

Mulroney first met Meghan back in 2011 and the pair soon became best friends, culminating in Jessica being made maid of honour at the Duchess's 2018 wedding.

Jessica and her husband Ben Mulroney attended Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in Windsor in 2018, with Jessica and Ben's children also having roles in the ceremony.

And now, in an attempt to raise awareness about mental health, Jessica has encouraged followers on her Instagram page that "you can be honest about not feeling ok".

In a post on Instagram, Jess wrote: "People who truly understand depression, anxiety and many other mental health issues are stuck.

"Putting on a brave face is what’s expected. However, you can be honest about not feeling ok. #mentalhealthawareness."

The caption appeared alongside a quote from mental health advocate and author Matt Haig, which read: "Some people think it is dangerous to tell people going through bad mental things that things will change.

"I’d just like to say I find it far more dangerous to tell someone things won’t.

"Perspective doesn’t make conditions evaporate. But reframing an experience can keep you alive."

During her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, the Duchess of Sussex herself revealed she "didn't want to be alive anymore" during her time as a senior royal.

Meghan explained she had suicidal thoughts and said: “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore".

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She also said that she made the admission so that she could give people hope that "life is still worth living".

Despite later being denied by Jessica, there had been a report from Page Six last year that relations between Jessica and the Duchess had turned frosty before Jessica's much-publicised clash with US social media influencer Sasha Exeter.

Exeter went on to accuse Mulroney on social media of threatening her "livelihood" and for showing an "attempt to silence a black woman during this movement behind closed doors" after Mulroney supposedly believed a post that Exeter had shared regarding the Black Lives Matter movement was directed at her.

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Mulroney went on to apologise publicly for the disagreement, noting on social media: "I need to acknowledge and understand [Exeter’s experience].

"I am unequivocally sorry for not doing that with you and for any hurt I caused.

"As I told you privately, I have lived a very public and personal experience with my closest friend where race was front and centre."

She also added: "I want you to know that I'm committed to using every platform and resource available to me to continue the important work of anti-racism.

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"I hope you will all continue to hold me accountable.”

Following the public spat on social media, Jessica departed her role from Good Morning America and her show I Do, Redo came to an end.

According to Page Six, stylist Jessica also shut down reports that she and Meghan had grown apart last year, noting: "She constantly Facetimes and checks up on me."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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