MEGHAN Markle and Kate Middleton are heading to Wimbledon today to cheer on Serena Williams in their first public engagement together without their husbands.
The sisters-in-law will lunch together first at SW19 and meet some of the Championship’s ball boys, girls and junior players ahead of the Ladies Final this afternoon.
AP:Associated Press Kate and Meghan will be making their first public outing together without either of their husbands
From their Royal Box seats they’ll be rooting for Serena Williams as she takes on Germany’s Angelique Kerber.
The 36-year-old champion nearly died when she underwent an emergency cesarean just over nine months ago – but has astonished even her most ardent fans with an incredible run at Wimbledon this summer.
A guest at Prince Harry and Meghan‘s lavish nuptials in May, Serena and Meghan, also 36, have formed a tight bond over the past years.
Serena told reporters this week: “We always had a wonderful friendship.
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“Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me… Now she’s supporting me in a different role but our friendship is still exactly the same.
“We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot. I look forward to it.”
Asked whether she sees herself as tennis royalty, the champion replied: “If there was a royalty, I probably would be.
“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.”
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Miss Williams said she has surprised herself by reaching the final nine months after the birth of her daughter Olympia.
The US superstar developed blood clots in the lungs and abdomen following emergency surgery, and still has to wear compression sleeves and tights on court.
“It’s been a crazy ten months. I was still pregnant at this time last year,” she said.
“That’s something I have to keep reminding myself. Also, you know, going out there, being a mum, is super cool.”
If Serena wins, she could become the first mother to win Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong 38 years ago.
Fellow mum Kate, also 36, is officially still on maternity leave from royal duties after having her and Prince William’s third child, Prince Louis, in April this year.