MEGHAN Markle is “absolutely mortified” after “tone-deaf” pal Jessica Mulroney allegedly threatened to sue a black influencer, according to a report.
Mulroney was booted from her Good Morning America gig after she apparently threatened to take legal action against Sasha Exeter.
The 40-year-old Mulroney became embroiled in a war of words with Exeter before being forced to publicly apologize.
‘Meghan is absolutely mortified that she’s been dragged into this complete mess,” a pal of Markle tells the Daily Mail.
“She said Jessica is in no way a racist, but the way she handled the situation (with the fashion influencer) was tone-deaf and heartbreaking.”
The Duchess of Sussex can “no longer be associated with her,” friends tell the Daily Mail.
Mulroney has likely lost her BFF – in addition to being fired from GMA and losing her Canadian reality show.
CTV announced it is removing the bridal show I Do, Redo from the air.
A GMA spokeswoman told the Daily Mail: “As Jessica Mulroney said last night, she is stepping away from her professional engagements and that includes Good Morning America.
“She will no longer appear on our show.”
The Instagram row erupted when Sasha asked why Jessica “never” used her platform to promote Black Lives Matter despite being “very vocal” about other causes.
Toronto-based Sasha said she was surprised by the fashion stylist’s perceived silence on the issue considering her pal the Duchess of Sussex is “arguably one of the most famous black women in the world.”
Jessica then responded by saying she “had spoken to companies” about the way the influencer had “unfairly” treated her – a remark which Sasha’s saw as a “threat” to her livelihood.
Following a public apology from Jessica, Sasha has claimed the TV personality threatened her “behind closed doors” with a lawsuit.
She shared a screenshot of a private message from the stylist, which read: “Liable suit. Good luck,” misspelling the word libel.
In an instagram video, Sasha said: “Here is what happens when you call out somebody with privilege and wealth.
“They publicly make an apology and or a statement and privately, behind closed doors, they send you a threat of filing a lawsuit against you.”
Mom-of-one Sasha added: “I don’t know what’s worse here – her using her perceived power to try and threaten my livelihood or using her resources to basically shut me up.
“But whatever the case she’s not going to shut me up.”
Before the private message, Jessica had publicly apologized underneath Sasha’s post, stating she was “unequivocally sorry,” and that being Meghan’s pal had “deeply educated” her about race and white privilege.
Jessica wrote: “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 center.
“It was deeply educational. I learned a lot from that.”I promise to continue to learn and listen on how I can use my privilege to elevate and support black voices.”
Jessica had previously released another apology on her own Instagram account.
The statement read: “As some of you may have seen @sashaexeter and I had a disagreement.
“She rightfully called me out for not doing enough when it came to engaging in the important and difficult conversation around race and injustice in our society.
“I took it personally and that was wrong. I know I need to do better.
“Those of us with a platform must use it to speak out.”
This comes as the Black Lives Matter movement has swept the world calling for an end to police violence in light of the death of George Floyd.
Floyd died after a police officer in Minneapolis kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes.
He was filmed telling cop Derek Chauvin “I can’t breathe” before passing away moments later in the back of a patrol car.
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