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Serena Williams Praises Meghan Markle’s Strength and Poise

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The tennis star spoke about her friend Meghan Markle in the debut episode of Stuart Weitzman’s Shine Series. Williams’s vocal support of Meghan Markle after the Sussexes’ bombshell Oprah interview.

 

This week, shoe company Stuart Weitzman launched the Shine Series, a new program of virtual conversations with tastemakers and celebrities about life, career, and everything in between. First up: tennis legend Serena Williams, who kicked off the series with a 30-minute talk with the brand’s Chief Marketing Officer Behnaz Ghahramani.

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Williams espoused on juggling motherhood with a demanding job and being a role model for the next generation, especially to Olympia, the 3-year-old daughter she shares with husband Alexis Ohanian.

They also discussed the importance of finding a support system of women supporting other women, one of the greatest examples of which was Williams’s vocal support of Meghan Markle after the Sussexes’ bombshell Oprah interview.

“Meghan is a great person and I think the epitome of strength, the epitome of confidence, the epitome of just selflessness, and the epitome of everything is just her and everything that she’s gone through,” Williams said. “And I know it’s not easy, and you can see from the interview that it wasn’t easy. But she had so much poise and she still had so much class.

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I just think that she is the strongest person I know. I don’t know anyone else that could handle everything on such a global scale the way that she’s had to handle things that are just untrue, minute after minute.

Not even day after day, just minute after minute, another untrue allegation being thrown at her.”

And of her reason for releasing a statement right after the interview: “I think it was important for me to say something because I’m tired of sitting back and seeing all this negativity that’s just not true.”

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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in 2018.

The tennis star’s close friendship with the Duchess of Sussex is widely known. The athlete was a guest at the royal wedding and she co-hosted the duchess’s star-studded NYC baby shower at the Mark Hotel in February 2019.

Markle, in turn, has frequently cheered her friend on from courtside seats at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

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Following the Oprah interview, in which Markle and Prince Harry delivered a string of revelations about “The Firm,” Williams was quick to post a message on Twitter in support of her “selfless friend.”

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