Why this weekend will be very important for the Duchess of Sussex

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is playing a very important role this weekend - that of top royal supporter to close friend Serena Williams.

The Duchess will take her seat on centre court as she cheers on the American tennis player at the Ladies’ Singles Final at Wimbledon on Saturday.

Kensington Palace confirmed on Thursday that both Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge will be in attendance to hopefully see Serena win another Wimbledon title.

Serena will play in Saturday’s final against German world number 10 Angelique Kerber.

It’s sure to be a nervous watch for Meghan, given how close she and Serena are. The pair are such good friends that Serena recently accompanied the Duchess to a polo match, to support Prince Harry.

The outing also marks Meghan and Catherine’s first official royal appearance together without Prince William and Prince Harry – another huge milestone in Meghan’s royal life.

It will also be a very special day for Serena – who is back on the court after taking time out to have her daughter, Alexis Olympia, last year – as she will be watched on by her close friend Meghan.

It was only this week that the tennis champ spoke of her close bond with the former Suits actress, telling press at Wimbledon that they have “always had a wonderful friendship”.

She said, “Every year for a couple of years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me. Now she’s supporting me in a different role. But our friendship is still exactly the same.

“We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot.”

Serena was even a guest at Meghan’s wedding to Harry in May.

And this weekend won’t be the first time Meghan has supported Serena at Wimbledon. Meghan previously attended the Championship on two occasions in 2016 to support her friend – and looked pretty nervous then too!

Prior to the start of play on Saturday, Meghan and Catherine “will meet a number of former Wimbledon Ladies Champions, as well as some of The Championships’ ball boys and girls, to hear more about their experiences of the tournament.”

The Duchess of Cambridge then then be joined by the Duke of Cambridge on Sunday, to watch the Men’s Finals.