Serena Williams has said it once and now she’s saying it again: Meghan Markle is a great friend. The tennis champion opened up about their close-knit bond in a recent interview, sharing how Markle has flown across the world to support her during matches because she’s “always there.”
Serena Williams recently appeared on Access Hollywood and said Markle is “the strongest—literally the strongest —person I know, and the nicest, sweetest.” She also spoke about how much Markle’s efforts to show up at important events have meant to her; If you remember, Markle flew to the U.S. Open this fall to cheer Williams on during a critical match. “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,” Williams said. Several detractors criticized Markle at the time for allegedly leaving baby Archie in London to take the trip, so Williams statements also worked to shut down those mom-shamers.
“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,” Williams continued. “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.”
The friendship clearly goes both ways as they are often spotted catching up between royal duties or tennis championships. Williams of course was one of the high-profile guests at the royal wedding in 2018, and later, when Markle announced she was pregnant, Williams took on baby shower-planning duties. She organized a stunning party for her friend in New York City, saying that the celebration took “a lot of effort” but that she was determined to make it absolutely perfect for Markle. Spoken like a true BFF.