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Why Serena Williams Won't Give Friend Meghan Markle Parenting Advice for Now

Oyin Balogun
Jul 03, 2019
12:38 A.M.

Serena Williams has refused to give her friend, Meghan Markle, parenting advice until baby Archie is at least 3-month-old for a very compelling reason.


Serena Williams is in the UK for Wimbledon, and before hitting the court and wowing the audience with her tennis prowess, she had a chat with BBC correspondent, Sally Nugent.


Nugget in a video posted on BBC Breakfast's Twitter account asked Williams if she had any baby advice for her friend and new mum, Meghan Markle, and the tennis star responded that she never advises new mums.

Explaining her stand, the tennis player said that being a new mum is difficult and everyone needs to figure things out on their own. The mum-of-one added that she would give advise for Archie, Markle’s son when he is three or four-month-old.

Meghan Markle, Serena Williams and Hannah Davis at the DirectTV beach bowl on February 1, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images

Meghan Markle, Serena Williams and Hannah Davis at the DirectTV beach bowl on February 1, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images

The tennis superstar equally spoke on being a mum and leaving a legacy for her daughter, Alexis Olympia. Williams told Nugent that being a mum changed her, and now, she acts in ways that ensure she leaves a positive example for her little girl.


The seven-times Wimbledon winne hinted at her desire to give Olympia a sibling, although not at the moment. The tennis star explained that she grew up in a pleasant environment with her sisters, and wants to give that to her daughter.

Williams is also concerned about her little girl growing up in a world different from the one she grew up in, and told the journalist that she intends to use her voice and platform to bring about positive change.


The 23 Grand Slam winner and Nugget equally discussed the Wimbledon game and the entrepreneur chasing her 24th title. Williams assured the BBC correspondent that she is in an excellent place, with no pain, and is ready to play.


When asked what motivates her to get on the court and be her best, the tennis player said she never wants to get to a point where she can’t give her all to the sport, adding “I love what I do.”

Williams had a rough start at the beginning of the year and had to pull out of the Italian Open due to a knee injury, but just like her friendship with Markle, she persevered.

The tennis star and the Duchess met in 2010 at the SuperBowl, and have had each other’s back through tennis games, royal wedding, baby showers, and fashion line launch.

Williams may not have advised Markle on how to be a parent, but she shared that she’s still figuring things out herself, and her tip is to “put on a concealer and pretend that everything is fine.”

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