Serena Williams praises pal Meghan Markle for ‘always being positive’

Tennis ace, Serena Williams, admitted she was grateful to have the Duchess of Sussex there to support her during the 2019 Ladies’ Singles Final on Saturday.

Despite missing out on the title to rival Simona Halep, Serena was pleased to be able to play in front of her friend, The Duchess of Sussex.

Opening up about their friendship in the press conference after the game, the 23-time grand slam champion heaped praise on Meghan for ‘always being positive’.

‘Just having her in general as a friend is great. She’s such a great friend and a great person as well,’ Serena, 37, revealed.

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‘Always positive no matter what. It’s so good to have people like that just to know. She’s such a fan of the sport.

‘She, too, was happy for Simona. She saw she played unbelievable. That’s just the kind of person she is.’

It is thought Serena would have been among the 25 close friends and family who attended baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s christening last weekend had she not been competing at Wimbledon.

She was part of Meghan’s two-day baby shower in New York back in February and also celebrated the former Suits actress’ wedding to Prince Harry last May.

Archie’s christening was shrouded in secrecy after the couple opted for a ‘private baptism’ in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

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Although the happy couple shared two photographs of the special day on Instagram, the identities of Archie’s godparents will never be revealed – much to the dismay of royal fans.

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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal

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Royal expert, Marlene Koenig, empathises with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their decision to raise Archie as a private citizen.

‘It is very difficult to strike a balance between private and public,’ she said.

‘The negative coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, especially, the Duchess, may certainly have played a role in their desire keep details private, for fear that the press would hound the godparents.’