Meghan Markle Makes Surprise Trip To Watch Serena Williams In U.S. Open

Kimberley Richards

Meghan Markle made a surprise trip to New York City to support her longtime friend Serena Williams in the 2019 U.S. Open on Saturday.

The Duchess of Sussex traveled solo on a commercial flight from London on Friday, sans Prince Harry and baby Archie, according to People magazine

The 37-year-old tennis superstar faces Bianca Andreescu, 19, in the U.S. Open final on Saturday. Williams, who is a global adviser to Verizon Media, HuffPost’s parent company, will attempt to acquire her 24th Grand Slam singles title.

Photos from the match on Saturday show Meghan seated with Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou; Williams’ mother, Oracene Price; and Williams’ husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The group of supporters also included Venus Williams and Anna Wintour.

Meghan Markle watches Serena Williams at the 2019 U.S. Open. (Photo: JOHANNES EISELE via Getty Images)
Venus Williams, coach Patrick Mouratoglou, husband Alexis Ohanian, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, cheer for Serena Williams. (Photo: Emilee Chinn via Getty Images)

Williams and Meghan have publicly supported each other on numerous occasions over the years. The Duchess of Sussex notably made a surprise appearance to support Williams at Wimbledon in July.

The tennis champion, who attended the royal wedding last year with her husband, helped plan Meghan’s baby shower in New York City in February. 

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: Kevin Mazur via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Harry responded to recent criticism for taking private flights while promoting conservation, after he and Meghan visited Elton John’s home in Nice, France, last month.  

John was among the number of celebrities who slammed the criticism, calling it “distorted” and “malicious.” He noted that he provided the private jet flight to ensure “much-needed protection” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Harry told a crowd in Amsterdam on Tuesday that he spends 99% of his life “traveling the world by commercial.” 

“Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure my family are safe ― and it’s genuinely as simple as that,” he said,

He later added, “We can all do better and while no one is perfect, we all have a responsibility for our own individual impact.”

This post has been updated to note Meghan Markle's appearance at the U.S. Open final. 

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