For most people, competing at Wimbledon would be stressful enough even without knowing members of the royal family are in attendance. But most people aren’t Serena Williams, who also happens to be besties with the newest royal, the Duchess of Sussex, previously known simply as Meghan Markle.
In a press conference Monday, the tennis star was asked whether Meghan would make an appearance at the match this year to watch Williams play. “I don't know, we'll see. If I keep winning," was Williams' response according to Entertainment Tonight. Like we said, no pressure.
No doubt Williams is busy right now with the demands of the competition. But it would only make sense for Meghan to turn up at the match since Williams has made time for her recently. Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, joined Meghan to cheer on Prince Harry at a polo match on Saturday, reported TMZ. And of course, there was that little shindig called the royal wedding, where Williams and Ohanian were granted coveted seats inside the quire according to the Daily Mail. That placed them alongside members of the royal family, just feet away from where Meghan and Harry exchanged vows.
The two women, who have become our favorite pair of BFFs, met during the Super Bowl in 2010 according to People. Since then, their friendship has only seemed to grow over the years, with both women supporting one another and becoming one another's confidantes. In fact, Vogue recently quoted Meghan in a 2017 profile in which she praised her close friend's parenting abilities, remarking how she was such a natural: "She will be an amazing mom. The very best, because she is so attuned to balancing strength and sensitivity. Plus, given that she is pretty epic at karaoke, I think she’ll put her signature Serena spin on singing lullabies for the baby. I can’t wait for that!"
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 19, 2018
It’s so refreshing to see two women who are both so down-to-earth really support one another. They're the kind of close friends we’d all love to join for lunch, though these two superstars probably have no time for any of that. There’s little doubt, though, that whether in the stands or watching on TV, Meghan is rooting for her friend to take it all again this week at Wimbledon.