Serena offers support to friend Meghan after Oprah interview | Inquirer Sports

Serena offers support to friend Meghan after Oprah interview

/ 04:00 PM March 08, 2021

Serena Williams

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021. Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her quarter final match against Romania’s Simona Halep. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Serena Williams said she understood the “pain and cruelty” suffered by Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, after she accused Britain’s royal family of racism.

Meghan, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on CBS late on Sunday, said the royal family had concerns about how dark their son’s skin might be.


The 39-year-old, whose mother is Black and father is white, also said she was pushed to the brink of suicide after marrying into royalty in 2018.


Williams, a Black woman who has won 23 Grand Slam titles, said her “friend” Meghan had taught her “what it means to be truly noble.”

“I know firsthand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us,” Williams tweeted.

“We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.

“The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating, and all too often lethal.”

Meghan and Harry said in the interview their second child, who is due this summer, would be a girl.

“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter, and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect,” Williams added.

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TAGS: Meghan Markle, Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry, Racism, royal family, Serena Williams, Tennis

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