What the Duchess of Sussex's new boots tell us about Jessica Mulroney, her styling secret weapon 

The Duchess of Sussex debuted a new pair of lace-up boots by Stuart Weitzman
The Duchess of Sussex debuted a new pair of lace-up boots by Stuart Weitzman Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are nearing the end of their blockbuster tour and so far we've seen Meghan sport 32 different looks in 14 days. Which is a mega achievement of styling strategising. But the mastermind behind the Royal tourdrobe has remained something of an official mystery. 

Meghan currently has no equivalent of Natasha Archer, the personal assistant who arranges the Duchess of Cambridge's wardrobe and ensures that every look for every appearence is a perfect fit and that no hair or label is out of place. She can often be spotted dashing off a plane or into a building (she first shot to fame when she was pictured outside the Lindo Wing after Prince George's birth) with a garment bag or vanity case.

There have been moments during this Pacific tour when the lack of a hands-on stylist has been notable, such as when Meghan touched down in Tonga with a label still attached to the hem of her Self Portrait dress or when she wore an ill-fitting dress by Dion Lee (an occupational hazard of pregnancy, admittedly, but one which might have been avoided with a bespoke commission). 

Meghan's new Stuart Weitzman boots Credit: PA

But from afar, Jessica Mulroney, Canadian stylist and one of the duchess's best friends, has been helping to mastermind Meghan's tour looks. And now that the visit is reaching an end, it seems that Mulroney has finally felt the need to make the association as Insta-official as she is allowed within the parameters of palace protocol by posting an image of herself wearing the same boots on the same day as her friend was pictured in them during an engagement in New Zealand.

Jessica Mulroney wearing the same Stuart Weitzman boots as Meghan

On Monday morning, the duchess visited a cafe in Wellington wearing a black polo neck by Australian label Jac and Jack, a trench coat by Club Monaco, her new favourite jeans by Outland and, crucially, a pair of black lace-up boots by Stuart Weitzman. Meanwhile, Mulroney was making her debut appearence as a style adviser on Good Morning America wearing similar black skinny jeans by a different label and the very same lace-up Weitzman boots in a beige rather than black colourway. 

This is no coincidence. Although Mulroney didn't officially join the Sussexes on their tour, she and husband Ben did spend a week in Sydney at the same time as the royals. Jessica resisted posting anything directly related to Meghan but she did document her Australian shopping adventures, including selfies wearing Zimmermann- a label which the duchess later wore to land in Fiji.

Mulroney wearing a blazer dress by Misha Nonoo

Not only did Meghan and Jessica wear the same boots yesterday, but their preferred aesthetics have a lot of crossover. Besides skinny jeans and boots, Mulroney was also extolling the virtues of a blazer dress ( her's was by another of Meghan's fashion friends, Misha Nonoo) last week. Cue, the duchess opting for a tuxedo dress by Antonio Berardi for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games on Saturday and then a similar style in white by New Zealand label Maggie Marilyn last night. 

Meghan wearing a blazer dress by Maggie Marilyn Credit: Wireimage

The Mulroneys met Meghan back when she was starring in Suits and living in Toronto and are thought to have been integral in the early stages of her relationship with Prince Harry, offering their home as a refuge when media attention escalated. The Mulroney children- Ivy, John and Brian- acted as bridesmaid and pageboys at the Royal wedding in May while Ben and Jessica were sat in the quire opposite the Royal family. 

Jessica Mulroney, far left in blue, arriving at Meghan and Harry's wedding with bridesmaids in tow.  Credit: AFP

Besides being a close friend, Mulroney's prowess as a stylist for the world stage has already been tested. She has offered advice to Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, wife of the Canadian Prime Minister and has come to know the global impact which a stylish woman can wield.

“She needed a few things to wear and was so busy. I was in Toronto so I sent her some options,” Mulroney told The Telegraph in 2016 of the first time she helped out, ahead of the Prime Minister’s swearing-in ceremony. “She wore a coat by Canadian designer Sentaler and people went crazy for it. We had created this media frenzy, like you see with anything Kate wears. Then we realised we had a responsibility to create more moments like that to give homegrown designers an international platform.”

There have been plenty such moments over the past two weeks, from Meghan's support boosting Outland Denim enough that it can now employ at least 15 more seamstresses in its production facility in Cambodia which offers opportunities to women affected by sex trafficking to designer Karen Gee's website crashing as soon as Meghan stepped out in her white 'Blessed' dress for the first time following her pregnancy announcement- proof that the Mulroney magic is still working for Meghan. Now she just needs someone to keep an eye on the final details.