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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and 23-time tennis Grand Slam winner Serena Williams have formed the closest of friendships across the past decade – and it all started at the Super Bowl.
After meeting for the first time at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami, it would not be until a few years later that Meghan and Serena would grow closer as friends.
They met again during Meghan's time starring on Suits, with both taking part in the DirecTV Beach Bowl in 2014 alongside a string of other celebrities.
And later, Meghan would call Serena a "down-to-earth chick".
Megan wrote on her blog called The Tig: "We hit it off immediately, 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 girlie stuff. So began our friendship."
Meghan was later seen congratulating Serena on her victory at the 2014 US Open, writing on Twitter: "She did it! @serenawilliams ! #bravo #friends #usopen."
Adding on The Tig: "She quickly became a confidante I would text when I was travelling, the friend I would rally around for her tennis matches, and the down-to-earth chick I was able to grab lunch with just a couple weeks ago in Toronto.
"We are both the same age, have a penchant for hot sauces, and adore fashion, but what connects us more than those things is perhaps our belief in exceeding expectations — our endless ambition."
With another congratulations coming after the 2015 Australian Open, Meghan later shared a snap of the pair while supporting Serena's new fashion line.
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In 2017, Meghan told Vogue that her friend would make an amazing mother ahead of the birth of Olympia, whom Serena shares with husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
She said: "She will be an amazing mom. The very best, because she is so attuned to balancing strength and sensitivity.
"Plus, given that she is pretty epic at karaoke, I think she'll put her signature Serena spin on singing lullabies for the baby. I can't wait for that."
Later that year, Serena told Vanity Fair when asked about advice she gave to Meghan about her new found fame after her relationship with Prince Harry was made public: "Her personality just shines.
"I told her, 'You've got to be who you are, Meghan. You can't hide.'"
Serena and Alexis were then handpicked to attend the Royal Wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St George's Chapel on May 19, 2018.
The following June, Meghan was at Wimbledon to support Serena alongside Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, with Serena telling ESPN: "Every year, for a couple years, she comes out to Wimbledon and 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."
After admitting that the pair had been relying on each other a lot more in 2018, Megan then attended the 2019 US Open a few months after the birth of Archie.
Serena later told Access Hollywood: "She flew all the way with a newborn to see me play in New York and flew all the way back that night, and I probably couldn't have done that.
"And that's just one of the many things that she does for me. I call her, text her anytime, crying, upset — she's always there.
"Doesn't matter what she's going through, she just sets time away, and she's just so amazing."
While their lives have changed over the past 10 years, their friendship has only grown stronger, with both Meghan and Serena offering constant support to one another both in person and on social media.
More recently, Serena offered public support for Meghan following her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey alongside husband Harry.
She wrote: "I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of colour to minimise us, to break us down and demonise us.
"We must recognise our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism."
Adding: "I am so proud of you for being so brave. I know it is never easy. You are strong- both you and Harry. I love you. I adore you. Your friend S."
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