Meghan Markle has hinted that she will be cheering for her friend Serena Williams in the tennis ace’s last tennis match at the US Open.
Williams, 40, announced earlier this month that she would be retiring from tennis after the US Open to try for a second baby with her billionaire husband, Alexis Ohanian.
That Duchess of Sussex41, suggested the couple would party hard after the sports legend’s final match at the US Open, which begins on August 29 and lasts until September 11.
Speaking in the first episode of her new Spotify Podcast Archetypes, the Duchess said: “Yeah, we’re going to have fun. We’ll make sure you get a good one.’
Williams added, “To the bar — to the bar. That’s something to do afterwards. I only go out because I can never drink. Have a glass of champagne.’
“Maybe I’ll just do a few spins right out of the stadium.”
Meghan Markle has hinted that she will be cheering for her friend Serena Williams (pictured playing Britain’s Emma Raducanu in the Western and Southern Open tournament on August 16) in the tennis ace’s final tennis match at the US Open
The former working royal spokeswoman made the revelation during a podcast released today as she spoke with her close friend Williams about the double standards women face when they are labeled “ambitious”. Pictured cheering for Serena at the 2019 US Open
Their conversation was revealed in Markle’s The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams on Spotify, which came out today.
The former working queen spoke to her close friend and tennis superstar Williams about the double standards women face when they are labeled “ambitious”.
Meghan and Harry have signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts, which are estimated to be worth around £18million at the end of 2020.
Serena explained in the first episode of the highly anticipated series that she is “super loyal, to a mistake” after being “friends with the Duchess for so long”.
Meghan met Serena briefly in 2010 and again in 2014, explaining on her now-defunct blog The Tig that the couple ” hit it off immediately.”
The Duchess invited the athlete to her wedding to Prince Harry and their star-studded baby shower in February when she was pregnant with Archie.
Serena, who also doesn’t shy away from her friendship with Prince Harry’s wife, previously advised Meghan to “stop being so nice” and also praised her “class and poise” in the famous Oprah interview.
Meghan Markle and Serena Williams (pictured in 2014) first met at a Super Bowl party in 2010 and eventually became close friends
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, and the American tennis champion (pictured with husband Alexis Ohanian at Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry), 40, chat about the double standards of women in the royals’ first Archetypes podcast, released today on Spotify if they are called “ambitious”.
Williams attended Markle’s blowout baby shower in New York City in February 2019, a few months before she gave birth to son Archie with husband Prince Harry
According to Mark Hodgkinson in Serena: A Graphic Biography of the Greatest Tennis Champion, the women’s friendship developed quickly through frequent phone calls and texts.
After becoming Prince Harry’s girlfriend and then Duchess, Markle relied on Serena as a mentor for dealing with paparazzi and the international media.
Serena advised her to “stop being so nice,” according to the author.
And when Meghan found out she was pregnant soon after giving birth to Serena’s baby girl, Serena offered her parenting advice.
Last year, Williams revealed, “We’ve known each other for a long time, but we’ve been really relying on each other lately.”
She added that watching Meghan wed Prince Harry in May 2018 was very special.
Meghan and Serena have been close friends since 2014 after they had their first “real hangout” at the DirecTV Beach Bowl (pictured), although their paths briefly crossed at the 2010 SuperBowl
Serena said: “It was really exciting to see so much African American culture in the wedding and I was really happy that Meghan wanted to infuse that into it. It was just a whole cultural shift and change.
“It was to see how far African Americans have come. I found it an incredibly inspiring and beautiful and really motivating thing. I was so proud of her and so happy for her.’
Meanwhile, in 2021, Serena praised Meghan, saying she was the ” epitome of class and strength” after her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
She spoke to Behnaz Ghahramani, Stuart Weitzman’s chief marketing officer, for her first episode of the Shine serieswhere she spoke about her longstanding friendship with the king.
She described Meghan as “the strongest person she knows”.
“Meghan is a great person and I think the epitome of strength, the epitome of confidence, the epitome of selflessness and the epitome of everything is just her and everything she’s been through,” said the Shine series tennis player.
“You can see from the interview that it wasn’t easy. But she had so much poise and she still had so much class,” she added.
“I just think she’s the strongest person I know. I don’t know anyone who could deal with anything as globally as she had to deal with things that just aren’t true, minute by minute.
“Not even day to day. Just minute by minute she is being accused of yet another untrue allegation,” she added.
“I think it was important for me to say something because I’m tired of sitting back and seeing all this negativity that’s just not true,” she continued.
Meghan and Serena have been close friends since 2014 after they had their first “real meeting place” at the DirecTV Beach Bowl, though their paths crossed briefly at the 2010 SuperBowl.
Meghan Markle has a long-standing relationship with tennis ace Serena Williams (pictured at the Duchess’ 2018 wedding between her husband Alexis Ohanian and Markle’s friend and Suits co-star Abigail Spencer).
The Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle watch Williams in the 2019 Wimbledon final, won by Simona Halep
Meghan, who starred on Suits at the time, wrote on her now-defunct blog The Tig, “We hit it off right away, took pictures, had a laugh during the flag football game we both played in, and we didn’t talk about tennis or acting. but about all that good old fashioned girly stuff. That’s how our friendship began’.
It comes after Serena defended Meghan after backlash during Oprah Winfrey’s bombshell interview.
In a statement on Twitter after the interview aired, Williams – who was among those attending Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry – described her as a “selfless friend” who “teaches me every day what it means to be truly classy.” “.
“Her words are illustrative of the pain and cruelty she experienced,” Williams wrote.
“I know firsthand the sexism and racism institutions and the media to denigrate women and people of color, to downplay us, put us down and demonize us. We must recognize our obligation to condemn malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.
“The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often fatal.
“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.
“Remember that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.’