Opening Up About Their Friendship
Serena Williams and Meghan Markle are two of the most powerful celebrities out there, and they also happen to share a beautiful and supportive friendship. Williams opened up to Access Hollywood in a new interview, and she gave viewers a look inside their relationship, which honestly sounds like #friendshipgoals.
She explained that Markle was "the strongest—literally the strongest —person I know, and the nicest, sweetest."
Best Friendship Across Continents
She also explained that Markle flew with her then 4-month-old son Archie all the way to New York to watch Williams play in the US Open this past September. Williams, also a mother to 2-year-old Alexis Olympia, recognized what a gesture that was.
"She flew all the way with a newborn to see me play in New York and flew all the way back that night, and I probably couldn't have done that. It just kind of goes to show you what an amazing person that she is, and that's just one of the many things that she does for me."
They Have Each Other's Backs
Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian were guests at Markle's wedding to Prince Harry in 2018, and Williams explains that despite the fact that she lives on another continent and is a member of the royal family, Markle is still a great and attentive friend.
"I call her, text her anytime, crying, upset — she's always there. Doesn't matter what she's going through, she just sets time away, and she's just so amazing."
They Both Need People In Their Corner
Markle and Williams have both faced an inordinate amount of criticism since they've risen to prominence in their different fields. Williams has been the subject of racist attacks for her entire career, with everyone trying to diminish her incredible accomplishments.
It's Hard To Be Meghan Markle
An interview with Markle from the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey went massively viral last month, with Markle nearly breaking down in tears over the criticism that she had faced from the British press.
"I had no idea. Which probably sounds difficult to understand here, but when I first met my now husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, 'I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life.' I didn't get it. It's been complicated."
She continued, explaining that pregnancy didn't make it any easier.
"Look, any woman when they’re — especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging, and then when you have a newborn, it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed."
She also thanked the reporter for asking how she was doing, because "because not many people have asked if I’m OK." Thank goodness Markle and Williams have their friendship to help them navigate the complicated worlds they're a part of.