Serena Williams Reveals Planning Friend Meghan Markle's Baby Shower Took 'a Lot of Effort'
As Meghan, 37, prepares to welcome her first child with Prince Harry any day now, Williams opened up to Business of Fashion about what it took to ensure that her pal’s baby shower back in February was everything she hoped for and more.
“It’s been a lot the last few days,” Williams, who sat down with the Business of Fashion just after the shower.
The tennis star helped throw the event for her pregnant pal at The Mark Hotel.
Williams and Meghan have been friends for some time, first meeting at the Super Bowl in 2010 where they immediately hit it off. Last May, Williams attended Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding.
Williams previously told PEOPLE that Meghan hasn’t changed one bit — despite juggling her busy new role as a royal while being pregnant for the first time.
“I’m like, ‘How are you?’ and she’s like, ‘No, how are you?’ and I’m like, ‘You’re so sweet, but I’m really asking – how are YOU?’” she said. “I’m like, ‘Meghan, stop being so nice…you’re the pregnant one, aren’t you supposed to have hormones, why are you so sweet?’ But that’s always been her.”
The star athlete also shared that while she is giving the Duchess of Sussex plenty of advice from one new mom to a soon-to-be parent, Meghan “still gives me more advice.”
Most recently, Williams, who has a 19-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia, made sure that Meghan was ready for motherhood by sending her diapers across the pond — though she didn’t think the Duchess of Sussex would need much help as a new parent.
“She’ll be the best mom, for sure,” the athlete told E! News earlier this month.
While speaking to E! News, Williams may have also accidentally hinted that Meghan and Harry are having a girl when she discussed an unnamed pregnant friend.
When asked about advice she had for fellow parents, the tennis star said, “Accept mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect. We put so much pressure on ourselves.”
She then added, “My friend is pregnant, and she was like, ‘My kid’s gonna do this,’ [and] I just looked at her like, ‘No, she’s not. No, you’re not. She was like, ‘I need to talk to you about tips,’ because, yes, I had all of those high expectations.”
Though it was unclear what friend Williams was referencing, there is a possibility that it may be Meghan, even though the royal previously said that they didn’t know if they were having a boy or girl, adding that they wanted it to be a surprise.