Jessica And Ben Mulroney Deny Registering Charity Website For Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

Jessica Mulroney and the Duchess of Sussex have been friends for years.  (Photo: George Pimentel via Getty Images)

Listen up, media: Jessica Mulroney is paying attention to what you write about her and she has no time for false reporting.

Over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported that Mulroney, a close friend of Meghan Markle, registered a domain name for “Sussex Global Charities” through her own charity, The Shoebox Project.

Many media outlets jumped on the story, repeating the Mail’s claims that Mulroney was helping the Duke and Duchess of Sussex set up international charities in their names.

On Sunday, Mulroney clapped back at the report with a tweet that dragged the reporters.

In the tweet, Mulroney pointed out that a “Mr Roy in North Carolina,” who registered the domain and owns the Shoebox Project Foundation, has no affiliation with her charity, which she co-founded in 2011. 

A GoDaddy search result reveals that a Tye Roy Singleton registered in Holly Ridge, North Carolina.

HuffPost Canada has reached out to Singleton for comment; we will update this story if we hear back.

The Shoebox Project, which Mulroney created with her sisters-in-law in Toronto, supports women in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. who are impacted by homelessness by collecting and distributing gift-filled shoeboxes.

Her husband, Ben Mulroney, also replied to Page Six’s tweet, which repeated the Mail’s claims.

The Shoebox Project also confirmed via Twitter that they are not affiliated with The Shoebox Foundation.

The report (and Mulroney’s shade-filled tweet) comes just days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a detailed statement on their transition plans as they step back from their senior royal duties.

WATCH: Harry and Meghan’s royal duties to officially end at the end of March. Story continues below.

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Although initial reports said the couple would be creating a Sussex Royal Foundation, the duke and duchess revealed they would be starting a non-profit charity (whose name is yet to be determined) to “develop a new way to effect change and complement the efforts made by so many excellent foundations globally.”

“The creation of this non-profit entity will be in addition to their cause driven work that they remain deeply committed to,” the statement continued.

IN PICTURES: Meghan Markle’s time in Canada. Story continues below.

At The Vancouver Women's Shelter

The Duchess of Sussex visited Downtown Eastside Women's Centre in Vancouver, on Jan. 14, 2019. There, she met with staff and discussed issues affecting women in the community ... and had tea.

Invictus Games Toronto

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

Invictus Games Toronto

At the Games, Markle sported a white button-up shirt by her friend Misha Nonoo and ripped skinny jeans with an oversized Everlane tote.

Invictus Games Toronto

Megan and Harry watched a wheelchair tennis event at the Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept. 25, 2017. 


Before she was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle made a name for herself through acting. She got her big break on the TV show "Suits," where she played Rachel Zane, from 2011-2017.

At An Instagram Dinner

Meghan attends the Instagram Dinner held at the MaRS Discovery District on May 31, 2016, in Toronto.

At The Luminato Big Bang Bash

Meghan Markle at the Luminato Big Bang Bash on June 9, 2016, in Toronto.


Meghan lived in Toronto for the duration of her time filming the television series "Suits."

At A Private Dinner At Hudson's Bay

Meghan attends the Roland Mouret private dinner at Hudson's Bay in Toronto on April 28, 2016.

At World MasterCard Fashion Week

Meghan Markle attends World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall 2015 Collections on March 25, 2015, in Toronto.

Speaking At The Dove Self-Esteem Project

Aside from acting, Markle was also a noted feminist, focusing her attention on gender equality. In 2015, she attended the Dove Self-Esteem Project event on Oct. 6, 2015, in Toronto.

At The MuchMusic Video Awards

Meghan Markle at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards on June 16, 2013, held in Toronto.

At The Toronto International Film Festival

Markle attends the Rising Stars: 2012 Producers Ball during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 5, 2012.


Meghan Markle on season 2 of the television series "Suits," which was filmed in Toronto.

At The Toronto Film Festival

Meghan Markle attends the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2012, in Toronto.

They also revealed that their charity would not use the words “Sussex Royal” and “Royal,” nor would they be able to use any iteration of those words in their branding.

“Given the specific U.K. government rules surrounding use of the word ‘Royal,’ it has been therefore agreed that their non-profit organisation, when it is announced this Spring, will not be named Sussex Royal Foundation,” the statement said.

Harry and Meghan are currently living on Vancouver Island with their nine-month-old son, Archie, but they have a few more public royal engagements to attend before they are no longer senior royals as of April 1.


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