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Reason Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, Is Taking Best Friend on Royal Tour

Updated on November 2, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, will leave on October 16 for their first official royal tour as husband and wife. They will tour four countries over 16 days.

Meghan is taking her best friend, Jessica Mulroney along for a very good reason.

Jessica Mulroney Joins the Royals on the Tour

Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney and her husband Ben are joining the royal couple. Meghan wanted Jessica to be there with her even though ten staff members from Kensington Palace are going on the tour to assist the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The staff of ten people includes two private secretaries, a personal assistant, three communications staffers, a program coordinator, a digital journalist, an orderly, and a hairdresser. It is no wonder a stylist was not sent from Kensington Palace.

The Canadian stylist, 38, and her husband Ben, 42, are flying from their home in Toronto to Sydney to meet Prince Harry and Meghan on their first stop. Since they will be in an unofficial capacity, they will pay their own expenses. The ten staff members traveling with the royal couple do not have to pay their own way.

The 37-year-old duchess and 34-year-old duke will be traveling and making public appearances around the clock. Meghan will change outfits up to three times a day and sometimes four times. If the math is correct, that's at least 48 different outfits she will wear during the official engagements. She will also need outfits for times when she is not out and about.

Having Jessica along with her, Meghan will be able to relax and not have to worry about what to wear and what not to wear. Her appearance will be talked about around the world. She can totally rely on her stylist and best friend, according to the Times.

Meghan Markle and Jessica Mulroney's Relationship

Meghan and Jessica met in 2011 when Meghan first moved from Los Angeles to Toronto to film Suits. They bonded because of common interests such as their love for yoga. That's not surprising since Meghan's mother is a yoga instructor. Meghan and Jessica hit it all so well that they went on a holiday to Italy in 2016. For the next 16 days, they will be together again in other countries. However, this visit will be much different.

Jessica helped Meghan choose her wedding dress for her television marriage on Suits. She traveled to Kensington Palace last January to assist Meghan with choosing her wedding gown for her real marriage to Prince Harry on May 19. 2018. Those two cute twin boys, Brian and John, at the royal wedding were Jessica and Ben's boys. They also have a daughter named Ivy.

The Duke and Duchess Royal Tour

Four Countries

16 Days

76 Engagements

About the Tour

The 16-day tour consists of four countries starting with Syndey, Australia as the first stop on October 16. Then on to Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. New Zealand will be their last stop on October 31.

According to the Kensington Palace, the royal couple will travel to four Commonwealth countries. During their official 76 engagements, they will focus on youth leadership and projects. After all, Prince Harry is the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Meghan will focus on women's empowerment.

The couple will get involved in environmental and conservation efforts and the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women during the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games from October 20-27. The couple has been promoting the Invictus Games for months before their Sydney trip

Highlights of the Tour

Other than attending the Invictus Games that were created by Prince Harry, there are other places the couple will visit. They will visit the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday. Other places will include meeting with His Majesty King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu in Tonga, and visits with various government officials and social enterprise organizations.

They plan to a visit the world-famous Taronga Zoo where the pair will be able to meet two koalas and their young ones. While in Sydney, the couple might so some surfing and yoga in Sydney.

Meghan is looking forward to going to Australia because she has never been there. Her first visit with her husband makes it even more special for her.

Royal Tour Will Be Different

According to Express.co.uk, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's tour will be different from other tours of married couples. It is expected to greatly boost support for the Royal Family from the Commonwealth.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams is predicting the Commonwealth tour will be very successful. He believes the tour will boost support for the monarchy in Australia and New Zealand during times of political uncertainty in those two countries.

Fitzwilliams has been commenting on royal tours for over 70 years. He believes Prince Harry and Meghan will be among the world’s most successful charitable workers mainly because people really love them and connect with them. The younger generation loves them because they can relate to them.

The Royal commentator concludes that Harry and Meghan’s first Commonwealth tour is extremely significant. Therefore, it will be given huge international coverage.

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      Tessietan0507@gmail,com 

      4 weeks ago

      So informative about that royals especially about Harry and Megan

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      Khadijah 

      4 weeks ago

      Thank you for the information! I watch BBC World News Channel; they spend about 3 to 5 minutes on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex every once in a great moon!! I believe a lot of people will be extremely happy if we could watch their Public Events on this channel. Just a thought! FOREVER & ALWAYS LOVE TO OUR FAN AND THE WORLD!!!

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Margaret, "nice" it's the chance of a lifetime! Who wouldn't want to help out a friend and go on a dream vacation at the same time? I just pointed out that since Jessica would be working (and Meghan's stylist is a stringent position) and she probably would miss out on some opportunities because she would be working, it would have been nice for her trip to have been paid. However, since she isn't paid, maybe it gives her more freedom to do as she pleases. I worked in politics for over 30 years, and I was looking at it from that standpoint.

      The Brits are different though. If it had been our "royal family" (president, veep, or a member of his cabinet's family) Jessica AND Ben's trip would have been paid for by taxpayers, and the media would have had a heyday over it.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      4 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Ethel, apparently, you saw the headline and did not read the article. It was clearly stated very early in the article that Jessica and Ben Mulroney are paying their own expenses.

      Also, comments from others who read the article mention them paying their own way. It has nothing to do with "your taxpayer money being wasted on them."

      While it is nice to comment, it is even nicer to comment with the truth. The Mulroneys money is not the taxpayers' money.

      Next time, please read before commenting.

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      Ethel Smith 

      4 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      More of our taxpayer money wasted while our government expect we plebs to suck up more austerity. Viva le Republic

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      4 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Doris, thanks for reading and commenting. I think it is very nice of Jessica and Ben to pay their own way. Now that we know Meghan is pregnant, it is a great gesture for them to help out and support her.

      Some who don't know all the facts are complaining that the Mulroneys shouldn't be allowed to go since they are not part of the royal family or the royal staff.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Lucky Jessica and Ben...and lucky palace budget. Since it will be a working vacation for Jessica, it seems like the royal family should pay for her trip. Sounds kind of tight-fisted of them. But may they all have an enjoyable time. Very good coverage of the story, Margaret Minnicks.

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      Ann Aimey-Harris 

      4 weeks ago

      Wishing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a successful tour.

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      Natally Brody 

      4 weeks ago

      I hope the trip will be a success a foursome is lovely company .the best of luck and enjoy

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