Serena Williams misses Archie’s christening
Meghan’s close friend Serena Williams plays at Wimbledon after joking that she would miss Archie’s christening because she is ‘working’
- Duke and Duchess of Sussex are holding christening for Archie in Windsor
- Tennis star close to Meghan, 37, and was rumoured to be godmother to Archie
- Serena Williams, 37, appeared focused as she walked onto court in Wimbledon
- Missing christening to play Julia Goerges of Germany in the tennis tournament
Serena Williams appeared focused as she strode onto court today in Wimbledon, seemingly undeterred to be missing Archie’s christening.
The tennis star, 37, was long-rumoured to be a potential godmother for Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan’s, 37, son.
Serena, who has been close friends with Meghan after meeting her at a charity football match in 2014, was a guest at her wedding to Harry in May 2018.
However while the christening took place miles away in Windsor, Serena warmed up for a match with Germany’s Julia Goerges at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams, 37, appeared on court in Wimbledon today instead of attending friend Meghan Markle’s sons christening
Earlier this week Meghan attended Wimbledon with close friends Lindsay Roth and Genieve Hillis to support Serena
Meghan made a surprise visit to Wimbledon to watch Serena Williams on Thursday, fuelling rumours the women’s tennis legend could be set to be godmother.
But when asked about the issue, Serena said: ‘No, I’m working on Saturday. But, yeah, so she [Meghan] understands work’.
Tennis icon Serena Williams has remained close friends with Meghan since the pair first met in 2010 at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.
Meghan previously wrote about their friendship on her lifestyle blog, The Tig, saying the pair had found an instant affection.
Serena, who was once rumoured to be a potential godmother to Archie, seemed undettered to be missing the christening
‘We hit it off immediately,’ she said. ‘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.’
The sportswoman, 37, was one of the pals involved in organising her baby shower in New York – and admitted that she’d pulled out all the stops to make it perfect for her pal.
Serena was a guest at St George’s Chapel Windsor when Meghan married Prince Harry last May, and was one of the close friends invited to their more ‘intimate’ evening do for 200 friends.
In 2018, Serena said: ‘We’ve always had a wonderful friendship. Every year for a couple of years she comes out to Wimbledon and supported me. Now she’s supporting me in a different role. But our friendship is still exactly the same.’
Meghan Markle and Serena have long been friends, playing a charity football match together in 2014
Serena attended Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding in 2018 along with her husband Alexis Ohanian
She added: ‘If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I’ve done pretty well here in the past.’
Earlier this week, Williams, 37, said she would wait until Archie was three months old before offering ‘words of wisdom’.
The tennis star, who gave birth to her daughter Olympia in 2017, was asked if she had offered advice to Meghan since Archie’s arrival in May.
She said: ‘I never pass on words of wisdom, because I feel like everyone when they have a kid, especially when you’ve just had a baby, it’s so difficult to just be.’
The tennis star will compete against Germany’s Julia Goerges in the Ladies’ Singles third round match during Day six of The Championships in Wimbledon.
Who are in line to be Archie’s royal godparents?
ON MEGHAN’S SIDE
THE MOTHER OF MEGHAN’S GODCHILDREN: Benita Litt
If Meghan decides a reciprocal godparenting arrangement might be best, then she may well look to the mother of her own godchildren.
Benita Litt, mother to Remi and Rylan Litt, was spotted close to Meghan’s mother Doria at the royal wedding with the pair clearly delighted to be representing the Duchess’s side of the family.
A former entertainment lawyer, high-flying Benita has previously been on holiday with the royal – and if you needed any further proof of their solid friendship, the pair also spent Christmas 2016 together.
Benita Litt (pictured left at the Royal wedding with Meghan’s mother Doria) is the mother of Meghan’s godchildren Remi and Rylan Litt
THE UNIVERSITY PAL: Lindsay Roth
Keeper of some of the Duchess’ oldest secrets, Lindsay Roth is a fellow alumni from Northwestern University in Illinois, where the pair bonded in an English literature class studying Toni Morrison’s works.
Now a successful TV producer and author, Lindsay has already bestowed a role on Meghan, choosing her to serve as her maid of honour at her wedding in 2016.
Roth has produced series for Larry King, Haylie Duff, the Grammy Awards and the US Open. She had also worked in beauty at one point and will soon be adding author to her resume. Her book What Pretty Girls Are Made Of takes a look inside the beauty industry.
Lindsay Roth (pictured with Meghan) is one of her oldest friends and a fellow alumni from Meghan’s time spent studying literature at Northwestern
THE BABY SHOWER CO-HOST: Genevieve Hillis
Genevieve Hillis also met Meghan while studying at Northwestern University. She and Serena Williams co-hosted her baby shower in New York.
Hillis is a high-powered lobbyist who worked her way up in the political system after starting out as an intern for Congresswoman Debora Pryce (R- OH).
In 2007 she switched things up however and took a position with Direct Supply Inc after getting her master’s degree in public health from Indiana University.
That interview was no doubt a breeze for Hillis since she knows botht he president and CEO of the company – her father Bob Hillis.
She is now the Director of Government Affairs for the company, which aims to provide an array of products and service to assist with senior living.
Hillis’ address is listed as the $1.5 million home where her parents live the suburbs outside Milwaukee.
Genevieve Hillis also met Meghan while studying at Northwestern University. She and Serena Williams co-hosted her baby shower in New York (pictured)
THE BFF: Jessica Mulroney
Widely thought of as Meghan’s BFF – and unofficial stylist – Jessica Mulroney is a clear frontrunner, although her U.S. location means she’d be a godparent from afar.
The American stylist, a mother-of-three married to Canadian TV host Ben Mulroney, is so close to the Duchess that her four-year-old daughter, Ivy, was a flower girl at the royal wedding.
Her seven-year-old brothers John and Brian had the honour of being page boys.
The 39-year-old, who divides her time between Toronto and New York, where she works for Good Morning America as a fashion contributor, even has photos of the royal wedding in her home, with the stylish black-and-white snaps revealed in a video she posted last year.
Among those closest to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who could be named godparents of their first child, is Meghan’s best friend and unofficial stylist Jessica Mulroney (pictured)
THE BERKSHIRE FRIEND: Amal Clooney
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 41, and her husband George, 57, were in attendance at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
The mother of twins, who developed a friendship with the duchess during her transition to London, are connected through celebrity hair stylist Miguel Perez.
According to Elle, Meghan has been relying on Amal’s advice for coping with being in the public eye.
Amal and her husband are part of the well-heeled set of Berkshire-based celebrities who live close to Harry and Meghan’s new home at Frogmore Cottage.
Their sprawling home is just a 30-minute drive from Windsor and the couples are said to socialise regularly.
Harry and Meghan also spent a few days with the Clooneys at their 18th century Villa Oleandra in Lake Como in August 2018, relaxing by the pool and playing basketball.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 41, seen with George in March, attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Amal was also in attendance of the Duchess’s New York baby shower
On Harry’s side
THE SECOND FATHER: Mark Dyer
Mark Dyer has been noted as a ‘second father’ to Prince Harry throughout his upbringing and a mentor alongside the royal’s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.
Cheltenham College educated Dyer, known as Marko to friends, became a steadying big brother figure to the princes in the mid-Nineties when he worked as an equerry to the Prince of Wales for 18 months.
Prince Charles appointed Dyer to keep an eye on his sons, and he was brought in as a male counterpart to former royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.
During the first half term after Diana’s death, when the boys would have been with their mother, Prince Charles was committed to a five day visit to Africa.
He took Harry along and while the Prince carried out engagements, Harry went off on safari in Botswana, organised by Mark.
From then on he was a key guiding figure as Harry and William tried to come to terms with the loss of their mother.
After his spell as an employee to the Prince ended he remained a mentor to Harry.
In 2009 Mark founded the management company MDM Bars and Pubs and runs two pubs The Sand’s End and The Brown Cow, in south-west London which both became haunts of Prince Harry.
Mark’s six-year-old son Jasper, who is Prince Harry’s godson, was chosen as a page boy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.
Mark Dyer (pictured with Harry) has been described as a ‘second father’ to Prince Harry following his mother Princess Diana’s death
THE FATHER OF HARRY’S GODCHILD: Jake Warren
Jake Warren and his wife Zoe attended the couple’s wedding, and their daughter Zalie – who is one of Prince Harry’s godchildren – was chosen to be a flower girl.
The godson of Princess Diana, Jake grew up alongside Prince Harry and has often been spotted with him at events including Ascot.
The Warren family are closely connected to the royals through horse-racing. Jake’s father John Warren is the Queen’s racing manager.
The father-and-son team run Highclere Stud in Newbury together.
Jake Warren and his wife Zoe had their daughter Zali, who is one of Prince Harry’s godchildren, attended their wedding (Harry and Jake pictured together at Royal Ascot in 2014)
THE FAMILY MEMBER: Mike and Zara Tindall
Harry has shared a close bond with his cousin Zara Tindall since childhood.
Back when Zara had a tongue piercing and Harry was known for his wild nights out, the pair were known as the ‘fun’ royal rebels.
However, their friendship has endured now they are both settled down and in their 30s.
Indeed, it’s Harry who is said to be responsible for Zara’s happy marriage to Mike Tindall after introducing the pair at Manly Wharf Hotel in Sydney in 2003, during the Rugby World Cup.
Zara and Mike chose Prince Harry to be godfather to their second daughter, Lena, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended her christening in March at St Nicholas Church in Cherington, Gloucestershire.
Harry is godfather to Lena Tindall, the younger daughter of his cousin Zara and Mike Tindall (pictured at the Copper Box)
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