Meghan Markle’s BFF Jessica Mulroney reveals she was forced to have surgery after doctors found a tumour on a gland on her face while she was pregnant with her twin sons

  • TV presenter and stylist Jessica Mulroney, 40, revealed experience on I do, Redo
  • Revealed how doctors found a tumour on a gland while she was pregnant
  • Said she went on to have surgery and it was ‘difficult to be a strong mother’  

Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney has revealed how doctors found a tumour on a gland in her face while she was pregnant with her twin sons.

The Canadian stylist, 40, who lives in Toronto, spoke about the experience on her wedding reality show I Do, Redo, and later shared a clip on her Instagram page. 

In the emotional scene, Jessica said that she was forced to have surgery after doctors found the tumour in her parotid gland, saying: ‘I felt like it was so difficult for me to be a strong mother and a strong wife, and try to understand mothering.’

The mother-of-three shares twins Brian and John, nine, and daughter Ivy, six, with husband Ben Mulroney.

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Jessica Mulroney, 40, who lives in Toronto, revealed on her Netflix wedding show I do, Redo that she was forced to have surgery after doctors found a tumour in her face while she was pregnant with her sons 

The show which airs on Netflix, is hosted by Toronto wedding stylist Jessica Mulroney, who is Meghan’s a close friend and confidant. 

The 10-part reality show ‘revisits first-time wedding disasters before re-making the wedding dreams of 10 devoted couples.’

In the clip, which is part of an episode set to air on Canadian television tonight, Jessica speaks with bride-to-be Jolicia Ward about the struggles to afford healthcare and pay for surgeries. 

Opening up about her own experience, Jessica said: ‘When I had my twins, they found a tumour on my parotid gland and I had to have surgery.

The Canadian stylist made the confession while speaking with a couple on her wedding reality show, and later shared a clip of the emotional moment online

Jessica said the emotional moment in which she discussed healthcare with a couple was her ‘favourite scene of the show’ 

‘I felt like it was so difficult for me to be a strong mother and a strong wife, and try to understand mothering.

‘I can’t imagine the weight of not knowing how to pay for the surgery.’ 

She posted the clip on her Instagram page, writing: ‘This was probably my favorite scene of the show.’

Jessica often posts snippets from the programme online to inspire her 391,000 Instagram followers.

Jessica is currently in isolation with her husband Brian Mulroney and their three children in Toronto

Jessica is close friends with Meghan Markle, 38, after the two met while the American-born actor was living in Toronto (pictured together in 2015) 

She is currently in lockdown with her husband, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Ben Mulroney, and their three children at their home in Toronto. 

The stylist is close friends with the Duchess of Sussex, having known her for years. 

Jessica befriended Meghan while the American-born actor was living in Toronto where she was filming the television drama Suits.

The two women reportedly bonded over a love of yoga. Mulroney’s social media also includes photos of the two taking trips together.

WHAT ARE SALIVARY GLAND TUMOURS?

There are several types of salivary glands in and around the human mouth, and all can fall victim to benign or cancerous tumours.

The glands are where saliva is produced to lubricate the mouth and throat and to digest food. 

The three types of salivary gland are the parotid glands, the submandibular glands, and the sublingual glands.

Tumours in the parotid glands – which are just in front of the ears – are the most common, making up about 70 per cent of salivary gland tumours.  

Submandibular tumours are the second most common, accounting for 10 to 20 per cent of tumours – the glands are just below the jaw.

The sublingual glands are the smallest and are in the bottom of the mouth under the tongue – tumours starting in these are rare.

Source: American Cancer Society 

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