Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton return to Wimbledon!
The duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge are ready to see Meghan’s close friend Serena Williams on Romanian Simona Halep in the Ladies Singles Final on Saturday, Kensington Palace confirmed on Friday. Serena defeated Czech tennis player Barbora Strycova in the semi-final on Thursday, while Simona defeated Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in her match on the same day.
“The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and The Duchess of Sussex will attend the Ladies’ Singles Final at the championships, Wimbledon on Saturday, July 13. #Wimbledon,” wrote the palace on Twitter.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and The Duchess of Sussex will attend the Ladies' Singles Final at The Championships, Wimbledon on Saturday 13th July. #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/8N8qa36nM6— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 12 Temmuz 2019
The planned appearance of Meghan and Kate comes a year after the couple had their first one-on-one outing at the tennis tournament, when they watched the German Angelique beat Kerber Williams.
Prior to Kensington Palace confirming the presence of the Duchess, a source told ET that the couple was expected to appear at the tournament.
“Kate Middleton is Royal Patron of the tennis and croquet club of All England and himself a fanatic tennis player, often beating Willem at their own court in Anmer Hall,” said the source of Kate’s husband, Prince William. “Meghan Markle has come out to support her friend Serena Williams at Wimbledon and may cheer her on from the sidelines, depending on how she is doing.”
Both Kate and Meghan have already attended Wimbledon competitions this year. Kate first went to the tennis tournament, together with her British tennis professional Katie Boulter and Anne Keothavong. The three were ready to see how the British Harriet Dart defeated the American Christina McHale.
Meanwhile, Meghan broke off her maternity leave – she welcomed Archie, her first child with husband Prince Harry, in May – to cheer up Serena in her second round against Kaja Juvan in Slovenia.
Despite Serena’s victory, Meghan Markle received some recoil because of her appearance in Wimbledon when her photos appeared that seemed to show a guard who prevented fellow students from taking the photo of the Duchess of Sussex.
Although reports about the guard’s intervention were not confirmed, Meghan, who sat next to her college friends Genevieve Hillis and Lindsay Roth, also had the courage to be in an area where no other event-seeker was nearby.
Watch the video below for more about Meghan’s Wimbledon controversy.