Saturday 24 August 2019

Serena Williams gives parenting advice to Meghan Markle as her due date nears

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equitation Sports on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a three day visit to the country. (Photo by Hannah Mckay - Pool / Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equitation Sports on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a three day visit to the country. (Photo by Hannah Mckay - Pool / Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at Canada House in London for a Commonwealth Day youth event celebrating the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian at the royal wedding (Toby Melville/PA)
(L-R) Meghan Markle, Serena Williams and Hannah Davis participate in the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DirecTV)
Serena Williams. Photo: Reuters
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex arrive at the residence of Moroccan King Mohammed VI in Rabat, Morocco February 25, 2019. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Serena Williams thinks her friend Meghan Markle will be "the best mom" when she welcomes her first child later this month.

The 37-year-old tennis champion - who has 20-month-old daughter Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian - has been pals with the former 'Suits' actress since 2014, and she's confident she is going to take to motherhood easily when she welcomes her first child with husband Prince Harry into the world in the coming weeks.

Asked how she will cope with parenthood, Serena said: "She'll be the best mom, for sure."

Williams helped organise Meghan's New York baby shower in February, alongside Amal Clooney and Jessica Mulroney and also opened up about the challenges of being a first-time mom and how she had to learn to "go with the flow" and adapt to living day-to-day without too much planning to avoid causing unnecessary stress.

(L-R) Meghan Markle, Serena Williams and Hannah Davis participate in the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DirecTV)
(L-R) Meghan Markle, Serena Williams and Hannah Davis participate in the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DirecTV)

She added to E! News: "Accept mistakes and don't expect to be perfect. We put so much pressure on ourselves. I had all those high expectations and what I was going to do and then I had what I was going to do.

"I was gonna recover and I was gonna be great, and this is a time that everything is not going to go as planned. My whole life is so planned and this is the one time where it wasn't. You just gotta go with the flow."

The 37-year-old royal, eho tied the knot with 34-year-old Harry last year, previously gushed about her friendship with Serena and how they met during a charity football game in a post on her old blog The Tig.

She wrote: "We hit it off immediately, taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff. So began our friendship."

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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