As I’ve written about previously, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers for publishing partial contents of a letter that she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, after her May 2018 wedding. Associated Newspapers is saying that they had a right to publish the letter because Meghan’s five friends gave an interview to People Magazine in early 2019 and they talked to People about the letter. Meghan is saying that her friends did not have permission to talk about the letter. (I think they had permission to talk about the letter, and the idea that Meghan wouldn’t have given her approval/permission for five friends to talk about her and her private life is absolutely ludicrous.)
So! The five friends from the People Magazine article were anonymous in the article, and Meghan has asked that they remain anonymous during the lawsuit with Associated Newspapers. That request has been granted to this point, though the judge on the case has stated that he may change his mind and unseal the friends’ identities. But that’s all the way in January. Let’s have some fun speculating who these friends could be.
Here is all we know about the five friends:
- They are all mothers. (This was stated in 2020 court documents related to the lawsuit.)
- They are listed as “a longtime friend, a former co-star, a friend from LA, a one-time colleague, and a close confidante.”
- I think we can assume that all five women were invited to Meghan’s wedding.
- At least one/two of the women had visited Meghan at Nottingham Cottage, Meghan and Harry’s first home that sits on the Kensington Palace grounds. Also an assumption, but I think it’s safe to say that these visits were in the fall/winter of 2018-19, as the article mentions it being cold and people wearing hand warmers. (Also the article was published in February 2019, so it makes sense).
I had a hunch that I could narrow the list to probable suspects. I had made another list before it was said in court documents that these five women are all mothers, so that took a couple people out of the running. This is my updated and final list.
Friend 1: Jessica Mulroney
Jessica could be a longtime friend, a close confidante, or a one-time colleague (depending on how you classify a colleague – they have definitely worked on partnerships and spon together). Jessica also attended the wedding (her children were in the wedding party, so check on being a mom) and as listed in the Court Document Review post, it was all but confirmed in the legal documents related to the lawsuit that Jessica is listed in the documents anonymously as “Friend B”. Easy peasy. Moving on.
Friend 2: Serena Williams
I’m fairly certain that Serena is one of the anonymous friends. The evidence: She’s a mom, she attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding, she could be the longtime friend, one-time colleague (they worked a DirecTV SuperBowl party together almost a decade ago), an LA friend (Serena has houses in LA and Florida), or a close confidante.
Probably the most incriminating evidence that Serena is one of the friends is that the People article was released in hard copy and online on February 6, 2019, and Serena posted this to her Twitter account one day later.
Friend 3: Sarah Rafferty
Sarah Rafferty would be the friend identified as Meghan’s co-star, as they were both regulars on Suits together. She also fits the bill for close confidante, longtime friend, and lives in LA. She is a mom and attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Sarah’s Instagram account shows that she was in Berlin 3 weeks before the People Magazine article came out. Again, a very quick and easy flight to London to visit your friend at Kensington Palace.
Friend 4: Abigail Spencer
Abigail Spencer is a mom, worked in a small role on Suits (one-time colleague? one-time co-star?), is a longtime friend and close confidante of Meghan’s, and she attended the wedding.
Also, Abigail was in Europe the month before the People article came out. Her Instagram only shows pictures of Paris, but London would be a hop, skip, and a jump from there. Also she posted a picture of a private jet on Instagram, but I’m not sure if she actually flew in a PJ or if it’s just a stock image for clout, lol. Either way, a flight from Paris to London is nothing.
Friend 5: Misha Nonoo
Misha Nonoo is a British fashion designer and longtime friend of Meghan. She is also a one-time colleague of Meghan’s, as she and Meghan worked on a capsule clothing collection for the SmartWorks charity together in 2019. Although the collection was announced in summer 2019, I would argue that they had had it in the works for quite a long time before that, so the timing works for Misha to be listed as Meghan’s “one-time colleague.”
Misha supposedly set Meghan and Harry up on their first date, and she attended their wedding. She is also a new mother. (This timing works even though she was not a mother when the People article came out because the tidbit that all of Meghan’s sources were mothers was only given in public court documents in Spring/Summer 2020, and it would have been true then). Additionally, since Misha lives in London, it is probable that she would have visited Meghan at Nottingham Cottage and been able to give information about their home in the People article.
What do you think? Did I hit the nail on the head, or do you have thoughts about who else these five friends could be? Let me know in the comments or through my contact page!