Serena Williams Reveals What It Took to Organize Meghan Markle's 'Perfect' Baby Shower

Bettina Dizon
Apr 25, 2019
04:34 A.M.

Serena Williams, 37, shared how she co-planned her friend, Meghan Markle’s lavish baby shower in New York, despite her busy schedule, saying it took “a lot of effort.”


Despite being very busy, Serena Williams still took on the task of planning Meghan Markle’s extravagant baby shower for her first child with Prince Harry. The renowned tennis superstar revealed what it took to prepare the celebration for her friend.


In an interview with Business of Fashion, Williams shared her packed week amid planning for Markle’s baby shower, which she co-hosted at the Mark Hotel in New York.

“Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect,’” said the athlete.


The shower took place in February and cost nearly $500,000 as the penthouse, one of the most expensive suites costs about $75,000 a night and features five bedrooms, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, and two powder rooms.

Markle’s close friends were present during the celebration such as Amal Clooney, Gayle King, Misha Nonoo, Abigail Spencer, and Jessica Mulroney. However, the Duchesses sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, was not in attendance as she had other family businesses to attend.


Williams and Markle also had a fancy dinner at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant along with their friends, Mulroney and Markus Anderson. The two are long-time friends after clicking at the Super Bowl in 2010, hence Williams’ efforts to perfect the baby shower.

The Olympic gold medalist is always at the top of her game, be it in tennis or at work for her fashion line, which Markle endorses from time to time.

Last year, she sported a “boss blazer” from Williams’ collection which promoted the item to be a best-seller. Williams said:

“If we’re giving our stuff to Meghan, it has to be the highest quality that we can get. So, that’s what I tell our team internally: ‘We have to make sure it’s super high quality that, you know, is fit for a royal princess!’”

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