The Duchess of Sussex enjoyed an exciting day in the stands at Wimbledon on Saturday (July 14), when she made her first solo appearance with her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge. And while the 36-year-olds chatted animatedly and watched the two final singles matches with great excitement, the day took a serious turn after Meghan's close friend Serena Williams lost the women's title to Germany's Angelique Kerber. As the 36-year-old champion spoke following the match, Meghan was visibly moved to tears.
“It was such an amazing tournament for me. I was really hoping to get this far,” said the seven-time Wimbledon champ in an emotional moment. “It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.”
One of the most celebrated tennis players of all time, Serena had a new cause for celebration last September when she welcomed her precious daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., her first child with tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian. “To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today and I tried,” she said, her voice breaking as the crowd cheered. The camera panned to Kate and Meghan in the stands, both looking touched as the former actress held back tears. Serena has made no secret of the challenges she's faced returning to the competitive circuit, from missing her daughter's first steps to making the decision to stop breastfeeding.
Meghan and Serena have been close friends since hitting it off at a celebrity flag football game in 2014. After Kensington Palace confirmed that the duchesses would have their girls' day out at the All England Lawn Club, the tennis star gushed about her relationship with Prince Harry's wife.
"We've always had a wonderful friendship and every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me and now she’s supporting me in a different role. But our friendship is still exactly the same," she said. "We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot."
Serena was on hand to support Meghan as a royal bride when she said "I do" to her prince in front of the entire world this past May. The mother of one and her Reddit-founder husband shared adorable behind-the-scenes photos of the festivities, including sweet snaps with little Alexis Olympia.