Meghan Markle may be a native Californian and on her way to becoming a British citizen, but she shocked fashionistas around the world when she showed up for her official entree into royalty in a coat and earrings designed by Canadians.
Chalk it up to her best friend, Jessica Mulroney, who has guided the style choices of Prince Harry’s fiancée for years — and who happens to be a prominent member of what passes for Canada’s own version of royalty.
Mulroney, 36, is the daughter-in-law of a former Canadian prime minister and has dressed the country’s current first lady, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, since her husband’s inauguration two years ago.
Now fashionistas are whispering that Mulroney — the self-described “fashion & bridal stylist” — is also Markle’s behind-the-scenes wardrobe advisor.
“Jessica is very well-connected and savvy, and she knows fashion,” said Canadian fashion journalist Jeanne Beker. “She would tell Sophie about up-and-coming Canadian designers that Sophie might wear. And she’s certainly helped Meghan.”
Markle and Mulroney met through a mutual friend and bonded while Markle was living in Toronto and shooting the legal drama “Suits,” on which she starred from 2011 until a few weeks ago (the actress’ episodes will run through the TV show’s 2018 season).
Last week, Markle stunned at the Kensington Palace photo op announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, wearing a $627 belted white coat from Line the Label, a small knitwear line based in Toronto. The company’s Web site reportedly crashed after the appearance, and a spokesman for the brand said they have since named the coat “Meghan.”
Fashion insiders are crediting Mulroney for the look, right down to Markle’s opal and 18-k yellow-gold studs from Birks, a storied Canadian jeweler established in 1879.
A spokeswoman for Birks confirmed to The Post that it was Mulroney, who has long worked with the jeweler and whose daughter Ivy models for the company’s children’s line, who introduced Markle to the brand.
“[Mulroney] came to us at one point a few months ago, and we knew she had been working on dressing Meghan for a few different things, then introduced us,” said Eva Hartling, the chief marketing officer and vice president for the company’s Maison Birks line.
Photographs of Markle in Maison Birks earrings and…