When it was announced last month that Meghan Markle decided not to have a maid-of-honour for her upcoming nuptials, royal watchers were surprised.

Given her close ties with fashion stylist and marketing consultant Jessica Mulroney, many were betting she’d ask her Canadian bestie to stand by her side on May 19.

Meghan Markle and Jessica Mulroney
Megan Markle and Jessica Mulroney. Photo: Jessica Mulroney/Instagram.

After all, the two were nearly inseparable during Meghan’s seven years living in Toronto while filming the legal drama, Suits. One need only seek out Jessica’s Instagram account for proof of their bond — which includes this adorable photo of Meghan dancing with Jessica’s daughter, Ivy.

Meghan Markle and Ivy Mulroney
Meghan and Ivy get their groove on. Photo: Jessica Mulroney/Instagram.

As it turns out, though, Meghan — in keeping with royal tradition — ultimately opted to forgo the traditional bridal party. “She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another,” read a statement issued by Kensington Palace last month. “All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have their support.”

But don’t count out the Canadian connection just yet!

This week, Kensington Palace confirmed what we all expected: that Ben Mulroney (host of CTV’s Your Morning and son of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney) and his wife Jessica’s three children are among the bridesmaids and page boys selected by Meghan and Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle and Ivy Mulroney
Meghan shares a laugh with Ivy. Photo: Jessica Mulroney/Instagram.

Four-year-old Ivy will join three-year-old Princess Charlotte as one of six little bridesmaids, while seven-year-old twins Brian and John will walk alongside four-year-old Prince George as two of four page boys.

Meghan Markle and the Mulroneys
Jessica, Ben and Meghan attend the World Vision event held at Lumas Gallery on March 22, 2016 in Toronto. Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage via Getty Images.

Alas, we’ll have to wait until the big day to see what adorable outfits the royals have in store for Ivy, Brian and John — but if they’re anything like the precious little get-ups George and Charlotte wore at their Aunt Pippa’s wedding last May, we have no doubt that Brian Mulroney’s little grandkids will steal the show!