Meghan Markle may be a royal, but she’s still finding ways to show her support for her friends. On a recent appearance the Duchess of Sussex made to the Australian city of Dubbo, she did just that. While it was initially her ponytail that received much attention—a curveball from her usual messy bun—Markle’s blazer, designed by her close friend Serena Williams for her Serena line, was also newsworthy.
Not long after, Williams took to social media to share her mutual love for her friend and the blazer. “The face you make when you and Duchess of Sussex Meghan have matching @serena blazers ?,” she captioned an Instagram post that showed Markle and Williams wearing the same blazers. This isn’t the first time Markle and Williams have worn matching attire—as you can see in the photo above, taken at a 2014 Super Bowl party. It was at that very event when the pair first formed their deep connection, as Markle later wrote about on her now defunct lifestyle website The Tig. “We hit it off immediately,” Markle wrote, as E! News reported at the time. “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 girly stuff.”
Williams recently opened up about their friendship and how it’s grown stronger in recent years. “We have known each other for a long time, but we really kind of are relying on each other right a lot recently,” she told Australian news outlet The Sunday Project in an interview. She added: “We were actually just texting each other this morning.” Before that, she explained why Markle is such a beloved figure, telling Vanity Fair, “Her personality just shines. I told her, ‘You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide.’” Clearly Markle is doing that and excelling at it, as evidenced by the legion of fans she’s grown since being linked to Prince Harry.
The Royals at Wimbledon: A Visual History From Princess Diana to Meghan Markle
The Duke of York, later George VI (1895 – 1952), playing in a doubles match at Wimbledon with his partner Wing Commander Louis Greig in 1926. The Duke was an ace tennis player. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
A picture that makes sports history, snapped at Wimbledon, as Queen Elizabeth of England awarded the Wimbledon trophy to Alethea Gibson (center, back to camera), the U.S. star and first black women to ever take the title on July 7th, 1957. Althea beat Darlene in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Anne in the royal box at Wimbledon watching the men’s singles final between John Newcombe and Wilhelm Bungert on July 7th, 1967. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II awards Virginia Wade the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles trophy on July 1st, 1977. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth II presents the men’s singles trophy to champion Rod Laver on September 10th, 1962. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Diana (center), and her sister, Sarah, at Wimbledon to watch tennis on July 3rd, 19881. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Top Image: Prince Charles watching a match between Dennis Ralston and John Newcombe during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships on June 26th 1970. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images.
Bottom Image: 42 years later, Prince Charles acknowledges the Center Court crowd before the second round men’s singles match between Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Italy’s Fabio Fognini on day three of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament on June 27, 2012. Photograph Courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Diana and Prince William watching the women’s final at Wimbledon on July 6th, 1991. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Diana with Prince William in the royal Box Centre court for the ladies singles final on July 2nd, 1994. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Diana chats with the Prince of Kent after Pete Sampras wins the Men’s Final against Boris Becker of Germany at Wimbledon on July 9th, 1995. Photo courtesy of Getty images.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent (L) ahead of the second round match between Andy Murray of Great Britain against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Day Four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2010 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty images.
Charles Delevingne and Princess Beatrice attend the semifinal round match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2011 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Before she was royal, Meghan Markle attended day two of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on June 28, 2016 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Cate and Prince William take part in the “wave” as they watch Rafael Nadal challenge Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in a Men’s Singles match at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships at the all England tennis club in south-west London, on June 27th, 2011. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Princess Cate and Prince William applaud Roger Federer on his victory at Wimbledon on July 16, 2017 in London, England. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends day four of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England, making headlines with her wardrobe choice. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
The Duchess of Cornwall in the royal box of centre court on day 9 of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon on July 10, 2019. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Baroness Sue Campbell in the royal box of centre court on day 8 of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon on July 9, 2019. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Pippa Matthews and James Middleton in the royal box of centre court on day 7 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
The Duchess of Cambridge in the royal box on day 12 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon on July 13, 2019. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.