Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry have spent nearly two months adjusting to life with their son, Archie Harrison, since he was born on May 6. While becoming a parent is a massive life change full of sleepless nights (and, let’s be honest, exhaustion) in addition to complete elation and joy, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly fortunate to have such a supportive family and network of close friends around them.
One of those friends is tennis legend Serena Williams, who welcomed her daughter Alexis Olympia nearly two years ago. But while she likely has plenty of advice to give the duchess, Serena says she hasn’t done so yet – partly because the first few months of parenthood are such an adjustment.
“I never pass on words of wisdom because I feel like everyone – when they have a kid, especially when you just have a baby, it is so difficult to just be,” she told BBC Breakfast on July 1. “It’s just like get through the first three months, four months and then we can talk.”
Serena, who is in the UK to compete in this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships, unsurprisingly said becoming a mother has profoundly changed her worldview, and also made her think about how she wants to be remembered.
“Becoming a mom has changed my perspective on a lot of things,” the seven-time Wimbledon champion It has also changed me in terms of – I want to leave a legacy. I want to be this positive person for my daughter. Everything I do, I want to do it for my daughter and I’ve never obviously had that motivation before.”
Serena, who has also become a body positivity advocate in recent years, says she tries to put herself in Alexis’s shoes quite often when parenting, pointing out that since she’s a public figure with a pretty prominent platform, she has the ability to create change for her daughter and for those of Alexis’s generation.
“It’s really important to believe in yourself, and it’s hard,” she told the program. “I can’t imagine growing up nowadays in this time, but I have to because I have a daughter that’s going to grow up in this time. So, I kind of need to put myself in that situation, and what do I want out of that? So, that’s kind of how it starts. Then, for me, I do have a voice that I can use, and how do I use that in a positive way?”
There’s a good chance Meghan could provide her friend a different kind of support over the next few days. Serena is scheduled to compete at Wimbledon on July 2, and is gunning for her eighth Wimbledon championship. Serena is the second-favourite this year, just behind Ashleigh Barty.
Meghan and Duchess Kate came out to cheer her on last year, when Serena faced off against Angelique Kerber in the women’s final. Kate has already made one Wimbledon appearance at this year's championships: She stepped out July 2 with two of her friends.
It’s not known what day we could see Meghan return to the courts to root for her friend, but a source told Entertainment Tonight last week that it will definitely happen, and the only thing that will prevent Meghan from being there will be if “baby Archie keeps her home at the last minute.”