The 37-year-old tennis superstar was being interviewed on E!News when the subject of new mothers came up. Ms Williams, who is the mother of one-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, then referenced a friend of hers who is currently pregnant, referring to that friend’s baby as a “she”. It is no secret that Serena Williams and Meghan Markle are close friends – and Ms Williams just threw the Duchess of Sussex an extravagant baby shower.
Sharing her advice, Ms Williams said: “Accept mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect. We put so much pressure on ourselves.
“My friend is pregnant and she’s like, ‘Oh, my kid’s gonna do this,’ and I just looked at her and I was like, ‘No, she’s not.’ I’m like, ‘No, you’re not.’”
Ms Williams did not reference the Royal by name but hurriedly moved on from the potential gaffe regardless.
She said: “Everything is not gonna go as planned.
“You just gotta go with the flow.”
Ms Williams has been publicly at Meghan Markle’s side throughout her pregnancy, throwing her an infamous baby shower in New York and even providing nappies for the Royal baby.
The tennis legend has teamed up with Pampers diapers as a spokesperson for the brand, and while speaking with Reuters about the collaboration, she admitted she “already sent Pampers across the pond.”
The recipient was revealed to the be Duchess of Sussex who, along with Prince Harry, is expecting her first child in just a few weeks.
Though the exact due date has not been revealed, the baby is expected some time in late April or early May.
A formal statement declared that she and Harry are “very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.”
Meghan and Harry were given armfuls of gifts for their baby including more than 90 soft toys from well-wishers ranging from toy elephants and kangaroos to sheep and possums.
They also received 18 pairs of bootees, 15 baby vests, seven swaddle blankets, six bibs, four rattles and four matinee jackets.
Official gifts given to the Queen were also revealed including a pair of lace pearl drop gold earrings with garnets and amethysts from Lee Hsien Loong, prime minister of Singapore, and his wife Ho Ching, presented after the Queen hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, staged in the UK in 2018.
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump gave the Queen a Boardman pewter thoroughbred horse statuette and a wood-engraved print of Opening Day at Jerome Park when they visited the head of state at Windsor Castle for tea last year.
A fishing rod was the present from Mr Trump and his wife to the Duke of Edinburgh, who has retired from official duties.
The Duke of Sussex laughed and joked with a four-year-old girl who presented him with a bouquet of flowers for his pregnant wife as the birth of their first child approaches.
The father-to-be, who said he was “very excited” about the upcoming birth, looked relaxed as he chatted with four-year-old Zofia Zolenkowska, who had been practising her curtsy beforehand.
Harry joined hundreds of soldiers, veterans and beneficiaries at the 12th Big Curry Lunch hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London at The Guildhall, which has raised more than £1.9 million since 2008 to support soldiers and veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The duke, who is expecting a baby with wife Meghan later this month or in early May, was also given a handmade wooden baby rattle and an off-white cashmere baby set – which included a shawl, bonnet, booties and mittens, as well as beige lounge socks for the duchess – during the visit.
This year’s lunch was organised in aid of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
The duke spent 10 years serving in the armed forces, ending operational duties in 2015.
During his service he conducted two tours of duty to Afghanistan with the Army.
Mark Stevens, a former soldier in the 1st Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, remembered his time serving alongside the duke in Afghanistan.
“Prince Harry would get called in, especially by me, on a number of occasions,” Mr Stevens said.
“He used to ‘save my bacon’ when I was a sergeant.”