A special bond! Meghan MarkleAnd Serena Williams have had each other’s backs for years.
The former Suits star and the tennis champion first hit it off when they were put on the same flag football team at DIRECTV’s Celebrity Beach Bowl in February 2014. Meghan supported Williams during her tennis matches and other activities in the months after the event.
“My eyes are closed but my heart is so open!” Meghan captioned a sweet snap of the pair in September 2016 via Instagram. “So proud of your new collection @serenawilliams Happy I could be there to support you xx #NYFW.”
Meghan began spending more time in London shortly after her marriage. Prince Harry her friendship with Williams didn’t suffer. The athlete even attended the couple’s royal wedding in May 2018.
“You know, I’ve known Meghan for years, so it was good to see my friend happy,” Williams told InStyleJune 2018, the nuptials.
Less than a year later, the Grand Slam title winner planned Meghan’s New York City baby shower at the Mark Hotel in New York City in February 2019. (The Duchess and Duke of Sussex was then pregnant with Archie.
“Planning something like that takes a lot of effort,” Williams said in an interview with Business of Fashion in April 2019. “I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect.’”
Williams was once again a good friend after Meghan and Harry announced that they were leaving the royal family in January 2020.
“Yeah. I have absolutely no comments on anything with that,” Williams quipped after a reporter asked how she felt about Meghan’s “extraordinary and historic” move during a post-match interview at the Australian Open. “But good try. You tried. You did good.”
In February 2021, Harry and Meghan made their royal exit permanent. A few months later, they welcomed their second baby, Lilibet, in June 2021.
Scroll through to read Meghan and Williams’ best quotes about each other: