Every new mom needs a break, and Meghan Markle, AKA the Duchess of Sussex, is no exception. Except that while most moms sneak away for a pedicure or, you know, a shower, Meghan Markle sneaks away to Wimbledon to go watch her buddy Serena Williams smash tennis balls and win games.
The Duchess took a quick day trip to Wimbledon, held at the All-England Club in London, one of her first excursions since her son Archie was born just a month ago. She was photographed there with Genevieve Hillis and Lindsay Roth, two of her friends from Northwestern University. And FYI, there are whispers that because two of the Duchess’ oldest friends are in town, they might have been chosen to be among Archie’s godparents at the christening on Saturday.
Markle has remained close friends with both women, despite becoming literal royalty and moving to England. In a 2017 interview with People, Roth described Meghan as “still the same girl I met years ago, with the same values and priorities. She’s selfless, and that’s just a part of who she is and who she was raised to be.”
Markle and Williams first met at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami, where they immediately became friends, probably because they are both impossibly cool women. Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, both attended the royal wedding and came with the Duchess to watch Harry compete in a polo match in Ascot, England, last summer. Williams also helped throw a baby shower for Meghan in New York earlier this year.
The Duchess of Sussex has been a recent fixture at Wimbledon in the past few years. She went to the tournament in 2016, around the time she was set up on a blind date with Prince Harry, who would become her future husband (also known as world’s best blind date). In 2018, Markle attended alongside sister-in-law Kate Middleton for their first joint event together.
It’s good to see Markle getting some post-birth “me time,” and it’s especially nice to see women cheering each other on.