Serena Williams visited Duchess Meghan & Archie before heading to Paris

Just after the Met Gala, Serena Williams flew to Rome to play in one of her favorite cities, the city where she met her husband Alexis and where he proposed to her. She played one match and then she dropped out of the tournament, saying that she’s still dealing with a knee injury. Then late last week, she of course turned up in Paris to prepare for the French Open, which started on Sunday. Serena is due to play later today (more on that in a moment). Serena creates headlines wherever she goes, so of course people were like “OMG” when she turned up at Paris Disneyland in a wheelchair. But she’s been on court practicing and I guess she’s good to go. The GOAT only cares about Slams at this point, knee issue or no knee issue.

As it turns out, Serena was busy in those days in between dropping out of Rome and arriving in Paris. She flew to England to spend some time with her friend, the Duchess of Sussex. Serena met Baby Archie!

He might be just three weeks old but baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor already has at least one big-hitting celebrity fan. I can reveal that tennis superstar Serena Williams popped in to see him last week, making a flying visit before she headed for Paris to prepare for the French Open tournament. Serena, 37, was accompanied by her husband Alexis Ohanian, 36, and their one-year-old daughter Olympia.

Serena even posted a picture of herself in a regal state room on Instagram before getting back to work yesterday. She is an old pal of Archie’s mum Meghan, and was a guest at her wedding and at Meghan’s baby shower in New York. Meghan, 38, and Harry, 34, have been inundated with visitors at Frogmore Cottage over the past seven days as they attempt to decide who Archie’s godparents will be. Favourite for the role of godmother is Meghan’s best friend, Canadian fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney, 39, who jetted in from Canada with daughter Ivy, five, to see the Royal parents and their baby.

Top contender for the role of godfather is Soho House creative director Markus Anderson, 42, who has also been to visit. He has been described as the ‘second most important man in Meghan’s life’ and arranged her baby shower in April. Harry’s aunts, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes – Princess Diana’s sisters – have visited, and so have a few of his old chums. Most notable was Tom Inskip, who reportedly had a cooling of his friendship with Harry after he told him to slow things down with Meghan. He visited with his wife Lara.

[From The Daily Mail]

I think it’s cool that Serena made some space in her schedule to go visit Meghan and the baby. I wonder what it was like for Olympia to meet Archie – I bet it was a mess! QaiQai – Olympia’s infamous doll – was probably also along for the ride. Do you think Meghan will ask Serena to be godmother? I would love that, but I doubt it will happen.

As for Serena at Roland Garros… she previewed her Virgil Abloh-for-Nike kit, but is she really going to play in a crop top?? I hope that long skirt detaches!! Oh well. The French Open famously “banned” Serena’s catsuit from last year, so I guess she was like “go bigger, more extreme.”

Photos courtesy of Serena’s Instagram.

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  1. Lorelei says:

    Lucky Serena! I wonder if she might be a godparent?

    Also, I hate that my mind immediately goes here, but I’m just waiting for the royal reporters find SOMETHING to bitch about w/r/t this visit, especially if Serena was indeed in Windsor Castle. This should be a purely nice story, but after seeing the crap they take issue with when it comes to Meghan over the the past couple of years, I’m automatically conditioned to wait for a chorus of rude and nonsensical garbage.

    ETA I just remembered that Serena is a Jehovah’s Witness (I think?), and I’m not familiar enough with all of the rules to know if that would preclude her from being able to be a godparent? In any case, that is one lucky baby to be able to grow up knowing Serena!

    • aquarius64 says:

      Some of the RRs are backing off because they may have realised they damaged their credibility going after Meghan. Even Bad Dad is not used as a cudgel anymore ; his dirty laundry is reported more thanks to Lettergate.

      • Peg says:

        With Thomas, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop, he just can’t be trusted.
        That letter really did expose him for the liar he is, claiming he could not get in touch with Meghan.
        He is of no use to the Tabloids because he is out of the loop with the Sussexes.

      • Britt says:

        The only people still defending Thomas Markle at this point are Piers Morgan and the morons at GMB and that’s because they have no choice. Piers was so hellbent on revenge against Meghan that he made himself and that morning show look like clowns for those horrid interviews and it turns out Thomas was lying for months. Even Robert Jobson, who was critical of Meghan for the Thomas situation was been quiet about it. I think the RR’s realized that Meghan and Harry are a different beast and aren’t to be played with. Meghan has the American Media in her back pocket and international interest. They realized that she nor Harry need them.

    • Peg says:

      Not sure if the Church of England allows unconfirmed people to be Godparents, the rules may have changed.

      • twoz says:

        I think you just had to baptised. That was the case when I was asked to be godmother to my cousin.

      • Peg says:

        You had to be baptized to get confirm, when I grew up in the Anglican Church.

      • Margaritas For Breakfast says:

        Help me understand why the church is at all relevant in choosing godparents? If I love & trust my best friend who is not anglican…im.still choosing my best friend.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Anyone who is a member of a Christian faith is allowed according to CoE rules.

      “It is a basic requirement that godparents should be baptized themselves, and ideally confirmed too, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their baptism/confirmation should have been in the Church of England. People who have been baptized in the Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed Church and other Christian denominations, can also be godparents at a Church of England christening.”

      That means Prince Seeiso (Catholic) is in the running.

      • Peg says:

        That is true about Prince Seeiso, don’t rule out Ignacio Figueras.
        George Clooney is saying he don’t want to be godfather to Archie, since he can hardly keep up with his two 😳.
        Eugenie or Zahara could be a godmother also.

    • Margaritas For Breakfast says:

      I would love to see the Obamas as godparents

  2. Lene malan says:

    Apparently not in a state room but a hotel in Paris..

    • PrincessK says:

      Wow…thanks! just see how the media can twist things, and make it look like Serena was doing a fashion shoot at winds Castle. I was kinda of surprised to see Serena posing like that inside the Castle.

    • Louise177 says:

      I was going to say the same thing. For some reason reporters are claiming that the videos and photos Serena posted are at Windsor Castle. Commonsense is that wouldn’t be allowed, no matter how close you are to the family. She may not have even met Archie since they are basing it off of a fancy room.

      • Peg says:

        She did visit Frogmore, unless Archie was at a sleepover, that would be the only reason why she would not see him.

    • grace2 says:

      Thanks! I need a kick in the pants for believing (for about a second and a half) anything the Fail puts out.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Anyone know which hotel in Paris? I thought that was an absolutely stunning interior. Wonder how many years I’d have to save up in order to stay one night? Maybe I can just walk in & enjoy the lobby….

    • AG-UK says:

      Thank God as all that froo froo would make me crazy lol.

  3. aquarius64 says:

    Apparently a lot of people have met Archie including Harry’s friends. You know the ones, the ones that don’t like Meghan because she’s controlling Harry (sarcasm).

    • Peg says:

      People are sure finding there way to Frogmore Cottage, I was shocked to see Skip, who supposedly told Harry to take it slow with Meghan.
      Ignacio Figueras said he and his wife visited Archie before the polo match in Rome, and Harry just holds and look at Archie. He even posted on Instagram about people thinking they know Harry, that reporter must have really pissed him off.

      • Alexandria says:

        Wow I just saw that Instagram post. Now I’m thinking if Harry has quietly been working behind the scenes for years to avoid outshining William. I’ve always thought it interesting that he did not have to create Invictus and Sentebale but he did anyway (and the numbers were not counted initially). So I really liked that about him.

  4. Sassy says:

    Daily Fail made a whole article based off a picture that wasn’t taken at Windsor Castle but a hotel room in France.

    • Peg says:

      There is no way Meghan or Harry would’ve allowed her to post a picture of inside their house on SM.

  5. Yup, Me says:

    I love Serena’s new gear. Love that it’s reminiscent of African fabrics. Love that all of the folks in the photos appear to be POC. Love the braids on two of the models. I’m Very Curious about the words sprinkled throughout the patterns in the fabric.

    I’m also glad that her people are showing up to visit Meghan (not just friends and family of Harry). The time after you have a baby, when you’re still in the “newborn family cave” can be really lonely and isolating for new mothers.

    Archie is still an ugly ass name, though.

    • PrincessK says:

      In your own opinion of course!

    • Market Street Minifig says:

      With the right personality and attitude, a person can rock pretty much any name. Give it time—Archie just might grow on you!

      (I’m still withholding judgment on the nickname as a first name though.)

    • Olive says:

      the words probably say “TENNIS UNIFORM” or something, that’s virgil abloh’s style.

    • Margaritas For Breakfast says:

      I’m hoping he goes through a too cool phase in his adolescence and calls himself ARCHER

  6. bonobochick says:

    Isn’t M, DoS 37?

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Nope. She’s 38 (at best). Of course, there are many (very) credible rumors that she’s been slashing off 3 years off her real age for decades now, but there’s no hard proof yet, so for now, we’ll pretend she’s just 38. 😛

      • Anon says:

        There are no credible rumors that she has been slashing 3 years off of her age. It’s another fan fiction made up by creepy middle-aged haters on twitter and tumbler. Her first public attention came when she was 11 – so unless she started slashing years then, the numbers (and ages) line up with what has been reported.

        Go back to tumbler where you can happily spread misinformation without challenge.

      • Mae says:

        Sorry but how is that a credible rumour? I’m assuming that her high school has said what year she enrolled and graduated? Same as when she enrolled and graduated from University? Unless she started elementary school at age ten (which is of course ridiculous!), she likely would have entered elementary between the ages of 6 or 7. And from there it’s just a matter knowing the year she entered elementary and the year she graduated. Math.

        Nah this “very credible” rumour (first time I’ve actually heard of it!) Sounds ridiculous. Also, believe me if Meghan lied about her birthdate, the “other daughter” would have been blasting it all over the place. So ridiculous that people believe this things and think it’s credible. No offence.

      • Mumbles says:

        If she graduated from Northwestern in 2003, which is 15-16 years ago, and she was 21-22 at the time, that puts her in the 37-38 range.

      • Josie says:

        Meghan appeared on a Nick Jr News program at age 11 in the Spring of 1993. Are you really arguing she was secretly 14, and all her teachers and classmates and Proctor & Gamble LIED? That’s taking conspiracy theories to the next level, indeed. Especially given that you can still see the video online today.

      • Yup, Me says:

        Well, if she’s been slashing years off of her age, it’s even better that she’s got some Black ancestry and melanin to support her lies. Otherwise, she might be walking around looking like Antonio Banderas’ “38″ year old girlfriend who looks closer to his age than her own.

        What credible stories are there about her supposed real age?

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Oh Christ. I was being farcical… clearly wasn’t obvious enough. Lol

        The Daily Mail know more about Meghan than Meghan herself (apparently), with the large archive of stories, rumours, pictures and gossip/lies they’ve accumulated over the last 3 years. They know her age better than they know their mothers and children’s ages.

        They know she’s 37 and not 38. That was just a cheap dig from them. I wonder why they don’t just go the whole hog and say she’s 40/41.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ yup me

        In the Daily Mail comments section, some of their (obviously paid) posters like to periodically hint darkly at “persistent rumours” of her supposedly having reduced her age for casting reasons.

        It’s complete poppycock of course and very easily disproved (as we can see from the on-point comments above, ripping my poor ass apart 😉), but their whole raison d’etre is to degrade, demean and cheapen.

        In Meghan’s case, their war of attrition continues. Death by a thousand cuts.

      • Snowflake says:

        @bella, lol. Has happened to me before when I post something that i think is clearly sarcasm. Apparently not everyone gets it lol.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        Cheers Snowflake, glad to join the club! 🥂😘🎊🍾

        Lol….to be fair, I asked for it. That’s the thing about farce/sarcasm…’d better get it right cause if it doesn’t land, you get your teeth kicked in. 😁

        So, I’ve finished picking my teeth off the floor now, I’ll be ok.

      • Lanne says:

        Unfortunately so many people post shite like this that you have to exaggerate even further to be farcical! 37? We all know she’s really 57! She used witchcraft to seduce poor Harry!

      • Bunny says:

        Uh, no. There is no evidence of that at all.

        For one thing, her half sister would have been all over that, and she has never said a single word to that affect.

        Try again. Next time with something approaching truth.

      • Olive says:

        joking or not, you’re just spreading misinformation and conspiracies to a wider audience. why bring that crap here?

      • Lady D says:

        It’s a joke. No conspiracies are being spread by Bella.

      • Nic919 says:

        Bella has a long history of posting supportive Meghan posts so knowing that along with the smiley face shows it was a joke.

  7. TheOriginalMia says:

    According to posters on the Royal Forum, Serena can’t (and wouldn’t) be a godparent due to her religion. That also eliminates Jessica Mulroney because she’s Jewish. Not sure about that one. We shall see.

    • MaryContrary says:

      I know Jessica Mulroney’s father’s family is Jewish, but I’m not sure she is (I think her mom is Catholic.)

    • Peg says:

      There are pictures of her at two attending the Red Hen ??? Nursery school.
      So it’s very easy to check her age.
      Do you really think if she was older her grifting family wouldn’t have sold that info, like her baby pictures.
      Meghan childhood is captured on video, thanks to her backstabbing friend Priddy’s family.

  8. Clementine says:

    Serena looks amazing!!!

    It’s always important to see close friends during life-changing times. Glad she got to come & support Meghan!

  9. Casey20 says:

    I just love Serena!!! …..She knows a little something about breaking Racial barriers too! Plus she has a mix daughter…has a lot in common with Meghan