Duchess Meghan has flown to NYC to watch Serena Williams in the US Open final

TENNIS : US Open 2019 - 05/09/2019

Last night, Serena Williams played in the ladies’ semifinal of the US Open. I was nervous. Like, crazy nervous. She was playing against Ukrainian backboard Elina Svitolina. The last time Serena played Svitolina was 2016, when Svitolina beat her at the Rio Olympics. Serena has been looking mostly great during this Slam, but we’ve said that sh-t before and we’ve watched Serena make it to three Slam finals in 13 months and lose all of them. So… Serena just absolutely destroyed Svitolina, 6-3, 6-1. That black catsuit is The One. She better wear it in the final against 19-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who won the second semifinal last night. The final is tomorrow, Saturday. 4 pm start. I wish it was later, like… 7 pm. But whatever. Here are some highlights from Serena’s semifinal – she played insanely well.

Throughout the fortnight, lots of celebrities have come out to support Serena (and Rafa Nadal, Coco Gauff, Roger Federer and others). Colin Kaepernick was there. Kobe Bryant was watching matches for days. Tom Hiddleston went to Jo Konta’s matches. Tiger Woods has been in Serena’s box and Rafa’s box. Queen Latifah has been at every Serena match. Gigi Hadid has come out for Serena’s matches a few times. Anna Wintour has been there, obviously. But what about the Duchess of Sussex? Well, she’s on her way:

The Duchess of Sussex flew on a commercial plane to New York today to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the final of the US Open. Meghan will cheer on the 37-year-old against Bianca Andreescu in Queens tomorrow as the former world number one again tries to equal the all-time grand slam record.

The Duchess, who also watched Williams at Wimbledon in July, flew out following the row over the royal couple taking four trips by private jet in 11 days last month. This is Meghan’s first trip to New York since her baby shower in February when she partied for five nights at a £57,000-a-night penthouse with her celebrity friends.

[From The Daily Mail]

“…When she partied for five nights at a £57,000-a-night penthouse with her celebrity friends.” They make it sound like Meghan was doing body shots off of strippers at her baby shower. Her baby shower involved, like, a flower arranging class and having fancy tea. And, ohbytheway, Meghan’s friends were the ones who paid for it.

Anyway, I’m less concerned with the royal aspect of this – if Meghan comes, and it looks like she’s already there, maybe, will that make Serena more nervous? I’m so nervous. This is the 20th anniversary of Serena’s first Slam title, her 1999 US Open title. It would be 24 Slams. So many people are already coming in for this. The pressure on Serena is already intense. And now we’ll have royal shenanigans on top of that? Good lord.

And even though I just said that I’m less concerned about the royal gossip, I have to say that it’s magnificently shady for the Sussexes to “snub” the Queen by not going to Balmoral, and yet Meghan will fly off to New York to support Serena (the Real Queen).

The Wimbledon Championships 2019

US Open Tennis at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing in the Borough of Queens in New York

Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Avalon Red.

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  1. chunkyla says:

    If Meghan’s there Serena will most likely lose. Meghan didn’t exactly fill Serena with confidence being there for last 2 Wimbledon finals. She uncharacteristically rolled over for both Kerber and Halep. Having the extra pressure of having royalty at her matches when she’s already nervous doesn’t seem like a good mix.

    • Kittycat says:

      What a dumb statement

      • Sierra says:

        I know, now claiming Meghan is back luck?

        Seriously people need to take a good look at themselves.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        Not exactly. Having a good friend there would make ME nervous and possibly be a distraction. But Serena is a pro 100%, so it probably won’t bother her. But I understand how someone might think that way.

      • .chunkyla. says:


        Exactly! She has a bunch of high profile celebrity friends as well. I would be nervous as well if i was playing in front of good friends/people that i admire as well.

        If I was Serena, I would say no to celebrities/royalty being in my entourage/squad, sitting in my box etc, no to the circus. I would keep it simple just to get the job done. Why add to the nerves/pressure?

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Kate was at both of those matches as well. Maybe she brings bad luck to Serena’s matches.

      • NLopez says:

        +1000 kitty cat

      • knotslaning says:

        I wish these comment sections had likes @kittycat!

      • B says:

        @ kittycat *liked* and agree. Serena is in her mental game, not the “who is watching me from the grandstands” game. Basic.

    • M. says:

      Unfortunately, Meghan gets blamed for everything. I think Serena gets overwhelmed by the extra media scrutiny and expectations. She’s going to have to learn again how to block out the noise and continue to be the fierce champion she’s always been.

      • bamaborn says:

        Yes, M…but Serena looks in better shape than I’ve seen in a while. Won’t watch, but I like her chances. And yes, the Duchess of Sussex needs a break from the UK.

      • Lee says:

        You guys do realize that Serena has been playing in front of high profile fans/friends and family for DECADES, right??? Serena and Meghan appear to be very close. If it were a problem, I think Serena would tell Meghan and Meghan would understand.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I agree with Lee. I think Serena is way past being concerned with being watched by whomever. She’s a pro & has been for a very long time.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Aren’t they close friends? It probably means a lot to Serena to have her close friends supporting her. And if she thought Meghan was throwing her off her game, presumably they would’ve discussed it and Meghan wouldn’t be there??

    • Tw says:

      Serena is a world class athlete, the GOAT in women’s tennis. She was recovering from a life-threatening emergency after childbirth and multiple surgeries, and it took her body some time to get back to optimal shape. To insinuate she lost for any other reason in the last year is just clueless.

      • CoffeeCoffeeCoffee says:


      • PrincessK says:

        I would go a step further and say that Serena is the greatest female sportswoman of all time. I am super nervous for her but l think that she will do it this time. For Meghan to fly to New York, shows the depth of their friendship.

        I am preparing to have a rare half bottle of wine to toast a Serena victory.

      • justwastingtime says:

        If she ties with Margaret Court, I believe that you can say they are greatest tennis players – male or female in history. Federer I think only has 20 grand slams.. do any men have more?

    • Lorelei says:

      Yes, it’s Meghan’s fault now if Serena loses a match 😂

    • Himmiefan says:

      Players at the top like Serena learned a long time ago how to block things out and focus on the game.

    • Blue36 says:

      The same matches that Kate was also there for.

    • Nev says:

      Win or lose the support is great!!! Geez the Duchess isn’t a bad luck charm!!

      • 2lazy4username says:

        OR a good luck charm! Nobody has that much power.

      • Taneesha says:

        Exactly @2lazy4username. I’d actually go further and omit the “much” and just say nobody, except the One high above Jehovah, has that power. Since Serena believes in Jehovah, He is the only one that gives her or takes away any wins or losses. Praise His Holy Name.

    • noway says:

      Sports people are crazy with weird superstitions. Watch Bull Durham for a pretty exaggerated version of Baseball. Jessica Simpson is still getting blamed for Tony Roma’s cowboy losses a long time ago. Gisele has gotten blamed for Tom’s losses before too, but he wins so much it went a way. Not surprised by this, and this is also not really a Meghan get’s blamed for everything time. It’s more a sports people are really superstitious thing. I think it’s more just all the pressure of winning this record and of course Serena’s opponents is why she hasn’t won yet. Good news is Serena should win this one as this girl is very young and not as experienced. If Serena wins you won’t hear the Meghan made her lose thing ever again either. It will just go away.

      • M. says:

        I’m going to add some more names to the list: Olivia Munn, Ciara, Khloe Kardashian and Ayesha Curry. All of those women were blamed and abused if their friends are partners lost a game. I made the mistake of reading social media comments when Olivia was dating Aaron Rodgers. She got trolled and ripped to shreds every time Aaron had a bad game or when he had issues with his family.

      • Nic919 says:

        If we are going to be this dumb about it then Kate is the problem because Serena won when Meghan watched the Wimbledon semi final alone.
        Is Meghan to blame for Serena having back problems at the Canadian Open?

        Of course this is a blame Meghan thing because there is literally no reason to blame her for Serena losing a match more than there is for people to blame Kate.

      • noway says:

        I don’t think many believe in these superstitions, especially on here, but this kind of thing has been around forever in sports. Whoever their guest, girlfriend, family member is there when they lose is bad luck. I think it’s a bit myopic to not see that, but feel free to think everything is a plot against Meghan, if it makes you feel better.

      • Nic919 says:

        It’s myopic to ignore actual evidence of who has attended her games both wins and losses and to try to drag Meghan into it. She wasn’t there when Serena lost at the US Open last year to Osaka either. So seeing as how Meghan has nothing to do with whether or not Serena wins the US Open final it says a lot about the person trying to claim she is bad luck. The obsession resides with the person who made the unsubstantiated association not those pointing out how baseless the claim actually is.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Oh, for god’s sake. They are longtime, close friends. Friends support each other.

      Royalty, schmoyalty.

    • Original Jenns says:

      The extra pressure of having HER FRIEND there, you mean? I don’t think it means squat to Serena that Meghan married into the royal family, she’ll always just be her good friend, who is there for support.

      • noway says:

        No, that’s not what I said. The extra pressure in trying to win one more grand slam final to have the most grand slam victories for a woman tennis player.

        I was saying this is a silly sports superstition why some people say Meghan shouldn’t be there. Since, she’s been in her box when she lost last time. Same as all the other ones people mentioned above. I’m sure Serena doesn’t see it that way at all and is touched to have her friend there.

    • Jaded says:

      You win the tin foil Oscar for the silliest comment on the internets.

    • Lowrider says:

      LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… Meghan is responsible for Serena’s losses?!??!!

    • elizabeth says:

      Of course it’s her friend who’s causing Serena to tighten up during final’s matches. Not the fact that winning her next Slam would tie her for Margaret Court’s record 24 Slam titles. No one else has even come close, and it would cement her GOAT status, amongst both men’s and women’s players. That can’t have anything to do with it at all.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Lol what a stupid comment. Meghan has already been present at some of Serena’s slam wins. The presence of her and any other public figures has nothing to do with Serena’s nerves. It’s all about the milestones and what they represent. Anyone who’s watched her over the past decade knows that she always has trouble matching the “big” records: 18 took a whole season to reach, as did 22.

      • Nic919 says:

        Apparently Meghan caused Serena to lose last year at the final just by existing despite the ref calling bs penalties and throwing her off. Must be true someone on CB just invented this new superstition.

    • Cameron says:

      Chunkyla: I take it that you have NEVER played sports in your life….Serena is a Professional Athlete she could careless who is in the audience…with the exception of her daughter

  2. sunny says:

    Looking forward to this final so much. Serena is my all-time favourite player but Bianca is our homegrown Canadian star and has been playing out of her mind for the last 3 months. I am so glad we get this particular final because last month Serena and Bianca were supposed to meet in the Rogers Cup final(Canada’s big tour event) and Serena had to withdraw early in the first set because of injuries.

    I was at that match and it was disappointing but I was hopeful that Serena could recover in time for the Open. And now we get a chance at a replay of the final that never was- I am so excited! I also think this will be a final with goodwill all around. Bianca was really lovely to Serena on the court after Serena was injured.

    • LNG says:

      I am SO TORN. I have no idea who to cheer for.

    • Mego says:

      I’m Canadian and excited for this match.

    • original_kellybean says:

      I am also Canadian and although I don’t really care for tennis, or any sports, I do NOT want Bianca to win. My fiance was watching a match with her during the Rogers cup (is that what it’s called?) and she was an absolute bitch to the towel boy. She just dropped the towel on the ground and didn’t bother handing it to him even though he was right there. I hate rude people.

      • Lolafalana says:

        I am Canadian too – and a big tennis fan, and have never been a big Serena fan………..however – I want her to stomp all over Bianca. I can’t stomach her personality. Gak. I know she’s young, but when asked about the Billy Jean King quote that pressure is a privilege and can she comment on that idea, her response was “Oh yeah, I got to meet Billy Jean King and we had a chat and so I was really glad to get that experience from her.” Eeeesh. Serena, please shut that girl up.

      • Marianne says:

        Why do women have to be so nice? She’s in the heat of battle and she’s concentrating on one thing. Does she have to have every grace and nicety. FFS. If she’s rude to a waiter and drops things on the floor for others to pick up on purpose in restaurants, ok, diss her then. BUT in a match, let’s get a grip.

        So happy Bianca won. Not to take away from Serena who after all has been Bianca’s inspiration and motivation. THAT is much more telling than this “towel incident”.

    • hogtowngooner says:

      Love Serena but as a Canadian, GO BIANCA!!!

  3. Redgrl says:

    Go Bianca! She’s an awesome up and comer. Canada 🇨🇦 is cheering for her.

    • OriginalLala says:

      yess! I like Serena, but as a Canadian I gotta cheer on Bianca!!

    • escondista says:

      I wish all of them good luck. Love the Serena story as a working mom and I love the younger women too and i get excited when new people get a chance at a win!

    • Prairiegirl says:

      You bet we are! Serena’s the GOAT but it’s been a long run. Change is due, and inevitable.

      • Tw says:

        It’s not about “change is due”. It’s about Serena getting the record, which she deserves. If she had not had a child and suffered complications and fought to get back in shape, she would already hold that record, no doubt. This to me is about motherhood and it’s impact on women in the workplace. Serena has been working to reach that record for 33 years and pregnancy, childbirth, nursing and motherhood happened right when she was about to reach that goal. I want Serena to win 24 and beyond!

      • Prairiegirl says:

        Hi TW. You were saying? Millennials to the left, Gen-Z has entered the building. #SheTheNorth

  4. HK9 says:

    Good luck to both the players and I hope Megan has a great trip. (and I hope she does some body shots too 🙂 )

  5. Becks1 says:

    good, glad to see Meghan is just living her life. And go Serena!

    • bamaborn says:

      Yes, Becks1…time away from that crazy UK has to be good for her.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      I wonder if Doria would’ve flown into NY to visit with Meghan while she’s here, perhaps go to the Open with her. I’d love a shot of the two of them cheering in the stands, happy as could be! It’d be a big “Two-Finger Salute” to those nasty RRs

  6. Jess says:

    Serena can obviously handle pressure that would destroy most of us and I don’t know how she does it. I really hope this is the one. Plus, if she won she’d beat Evert’s win record at the US Open and Evert annoyed me a bit this year when she tries to act like Serena and Sharapova actually had some sort of fierce rivalry.

  7. Marjorie says:

    Serena has looked fit and fierce, and then in her post match interviews she turns sweet and generous.

    She says Olympia can’t come to watch her because she is too noisy.

    Alex wore a DARE tee shirt to the Sharapova match/exhibition.

    Aren’t we all happy this family is in the world?

  8. M. says:

    I really want Serena to win. I’m hoping she has her best match ever and dominates every set. I also hope Meghan has a great time without any issues or negativity.

  9. Loretta says:

    This is a very sweet thing.

    • Mophie121 says:

      I 100% agree. Friends support their friends and I love how it doesn’t seem to matter to them that one is a duchess and one is a queen.

  10. Peg says:

    Serena said, Meghan supports her through thick and thin, and Serena most likely does the same for Meghan.

  11. Sarah says:

    The meltdown that’s going to ensue will be one for the ages. Anyway, GO RENA, GO!

  12. Exhausted says:

    Meghan has attended a lot of Serena’s matches when people were not checking for her. What then? Was she also responsible for the finals losses Serena has which she didn’t attend?

  13. Britt says:

    I love how Meghan continues to live her life and rise above the foolishness. It gets exhausting to see the hate and constant criticism but she keeps marching on. She has indeed shaken up the Royal family, the media and royal watching in general. I have so much respect for her.

    • Sarah says:


    • M. says:

      Meghan is the most exciting thing to happen to the royal family in years. The press hates that she won’t make things easy for them, but they are also obsessed with her. I give her props for being bold and fearless. Many people would have ran away a long time ago due to the vile scrutiny and criticism.

    • bamaborn says:

      Britt, well stated!!

    • Mego says:

      Me too. Meghan is a class act.

    • LadyT says:

      I’ll catch grief for this but here goes. I’ve noticed if someone criticizes Meghan for going against the grain they get bombarded with an indignant What? What exactly has she done? And So what! defensiveness.
      But here we have praise for her being independent and shaking up the Royal Family.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Lady T, I completely understand what you are saying regarding critiques of Meghan. However, I do not see going to a world class tennis match as “being independent and shaking up the Royal Family”.

        The Royal family have always gone to tennis matches and there is no difference between Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open and US Open.

        The QEII goes to horse races and she has been to Churchill Downs and Keeneland many many times. Going to a sporting event is not in anyway “being independent and shaking up the Royal Family”.

      • LadyT says:

        Just to be clear since you quoted me twice. It’s not my opinion- it’s the comments of the above posters I was referencing, e.g.— “She has indeed shaken up the Royal family.” I don’t think they were talking about as a sports enthusiast either, but in general.

      • Mego says:

        I have no dog in that shake up the royal family fight. I just want her to do the work she is passionate about and her charity work. I admire that she is carrying on with her life and not letting the abuse and hatred stop her. That is all.

  14. MerryGirl says:

    Go Serena! and Go Meghan! You will both overcome in spite of constant negativity. Block out the noise and do your thing.

  15. Lara says:

    You know what if her baby shower did involve doing body shots and partying at least there weren’t any underage girls there for men to rape so go Megan!

  16. Biggles says:

    Holy freckle Serena is such a queen. I haven’t watched a shot of the US Open so far (work and my own club tennis finals have conspired to keep me on my toes these last two weeks) but she looked so dominant in those highlights! Pretty 50/50 going into this final, as Bianca is such an interesting player, and you’ve got to love the ‘up and comer/new star’ versus ‘old guard/QUEEN’ dynamic of the whole match, but I’m definitely more intrigued than anything going on in the mens side. Go on ladies!

    • PrincessK says:

      But didn’t you also love Taylor Townsend the serve and volley sensation….her win over Halep made my day…match of the tournament !

  17. Sof says:

    I thought she didn’t fly commercial for security reasons?
    Anyway, I hope she gets a standing ovation or something like that, she needs all the public support she can get.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think when Harry made the comment about security reasons or whatever the actual quote was, he was referring to Archie.

    • Elisa says:

      I`m glad she is flying commercial because it proofs that ALL of them could arrange commercial flights last minute without disrupting the flight, bothering other passengers with security checks etc.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        If Elton John offered me his private plane to fly across the street I would gladly accept as would anyone especially RRs working for The Daily Fail!

      • Timbuktu says:

        yes, because for us it would be a once-in-a-lifetime, mind-blowing opportunity, not yet another perk in an extremely privileged life. I do wish people would stop comparing “sacrifices” that we “demand” of royals to the life of the regular folks. I mean, really, giving up flying private FOR PLEASURE is quite the same as giving up a car to commute for WORK?

      • blue36 says:

        It’s interesting to see these comments like suddenly Meghan has decided to take up commercial flying when she’s done so most of the time in the past. Last year when she went to Toronto she flew commercially and also when she went to visit her mother in California.

      • zegoggles says:

        I don’t know, I do think that if, for example, William and George are flying together, being heirs, it probably requires more security than if Zara and her kid were on a flight. So I doubt that the heirs or major royals can just hop on a flight last minute. But yeah, of course, Andrew flying alone doesn’t need a private jet, etc.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        There is a BIG difference between them flying individually, and flying as a family (with Archie). I would do ANYTHING to protect my child, as Harry and Meg are doing. NO comparison.

        If a personal friend is footing the bill (as well as offsetting the carbon footprint) fine. If they fly together and buy out first class, billing it to the “taxpayer”, would you be happier??

    • leachglasses says:

      Yeah, Jameela Jamil just told us that it would actually be MORE dangerous for us plebs if royals flew commercial.

      • kitty says:

        I remember that, so according to Jamila Meghan just put all those people at risk I guess *eyerolls*

        That’s why blanket statements are useless by people like that.

      • MsIam says:

        But I thought it was so important for them to fly commercial, security be damned. After all, H&M flying private will cause the ozone layer to collapse in on itself, or something, right?

  18. M says:

    My favorite part of the match last night was Billie Jean King saying she wants Serena to win this and then go on to win Australia because “you all know why.” She is ready for Margaret Court’s homophobic a** to fade into obscurity, as am I. I hope Serena rolls like she did over the fake Russian.

    As for the DoS, why wouldn’t she support one of her friends in such a historic moment? People are so bothered by her and I am loving it! Stay pressed, losers.

    • Zan says:

      Yes! When Billie Jean King said she hoped Serena will win the US Open, then would go to Australia and win again there to break Court’s record, she put her hand over her heart and said, “That’s my prayer,” I was yelling at my TV, “That’s right!”
      But I am firm believer that we shouldn’t even be making such a big deal over that so-called record. Those numbers for Court are seriously not in the same league as Serena’s. Court won many of those in Australia when that tournament wasn’t even something that the other players of the day even bothered with.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      When Billie Jean said that, I laughed and said…yep, that’s what we all want.

      Serena looked good. She demolished Svitolina and I like Gems Life, but not as much as I love Serena. I’m so excited for her. I hope she wins and I hope she & Meghan have some time to visit with each other.

    • Marjorie says:

      LOL fake Russian!

  19. Lisa says:

    Hope Meghan has a great time in NY.

    • Sunnee says:

      I can’t wait and hope we see her in Serena’s box cheering her on. I’d love to see her between Queen Latifah And Kap. As a matter of fact I’d love to see her hobnobbing with all of Serena’s celebrity friends. Own your celebrity Megs.

  20. andrea says:

    It’s interesting that the Fail managed to get all the details on this yet they are reaching out to readers to e-mail or call them with any Meghan sightings. Why wouldn’t they simply show a shot of Meghan taken by their own people (or by the tipster)? I’m sure they would have to have some pretty hard evidence (photo) that the story was true before printing and I doubt the royals gave them a heads up.

  21. BayTampaBay says:

    I think going to NY on a private trip proves that Harry & Meghan did not snub QEII and that the RRs are nothing but a coven of professional paid liars!

    • leachglasses says:

      Harry isn’t going.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I realize that Harry did not go to NY. I was trying to make the point that Harry & Meghan did not snub QEII by not going to Balmoral if it is true they have not yet visited. Meghan would not be in NYC if QEII wanted the Sussexes in Scotland.

        I personally believe Harry & Meghan have already been to Scotland and returned home with no media coverage whatsoever.

  22. noway says:

    Hope she has a good time and more importantly that Serena wins. I like Bianca too, but Serena needs to get this record and you have to start to wonder how many more chances is she going to get.

    That crazy 57,000 pound remark about Meghan’s bridal shower comment from the Daily Mail really needs to stop. Save those kind of sniping for the Boris and Trump’s of the world. Second, I also agree they should have gone to Balmoral for a short trip if they are able to do these type of things and take Archie in a few weeks to Africa. It’s bad optics. Maybe not for people on here, but for the regular people of Britain who aren’t quite as obsessed with all the ins and outs of them. Now someone on here said I wouldn’t want to associate myself with the Queen cause of Andrew right now hurts their brand. Still I think this hurts their brand too, they live off the royal family, the Queen, and the British taxpayer. If they don’t want to be associated with it then move into your own house, stop being a working royal and taking money and do your own philanthropy. Sure you wouldn’t be uber wealthy, but you would still be really wealthy and then you can comment when things are out of line and be more political. I mean it almost looks like they are trying to have it both ways, and I don’t think in the long term this will work. Now that being said as they are all family, probably all of this was discussed with the Queen previously and she agreed with them. Still looking at it objectively it does look a bit off.

    • M. says:

      According to Rebecca English (DM Royal Reporter), they were never meant to go to Balmoral, and Harry stopped going regularly years ago. It’s not a snub, and Harry and Meghan can’t live their lives based off of what they think royalists and tabloid readers will say about them.

      I think sometimes we forget that most of people don’t care about the happenings of the royal family. There are more important issues going on in the UK. The royals are just a distraction.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah, that article from English was interesting because it was some heavy back-pedaling. Apparently Harry rarely goes at this point, and he and Meghan also apparently see the Queen more frequently than almost any other royal.

        My guess is they were never intending to go and the Queen was okay with that. I think if the Queen said, “I want you to come to Balmoral on X date,” they would have gone.

        ETA and by my last paragraph I mean I don’t think they avoided Balmoral to avoid associations with the Queen or anything (although maybe Andrew….?)I just don’t think they were ever planning on going.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        If QEII wanted the Sussexes in Scotland at this moment in time, the Sussexes would be in Scotland as I type this post.

      • Lowrider says:

        Becky English does not know anything about Harry and Meghan’s schedule.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Rebecca English must be a real loser because she does not even have a Wikipedia entry?

      • PrincessK says:

        It is so ridiculous….the idiots on DM are getting worked up in a frenzy saying Meghan should have gone to Balmoral. These are the same jealous rats who are saying that the Sussexes are way down the pecking line and Meghan is not fit to be in the RF. So why are they bursting their guts bleating about her not being at Balmoral. This is an example of serious psychological torment in their tortured minds.

    • Oh No says:

      The only one that needs to be worried about optics is the queen.

      This family has used Meghan enough to distract from their nonsense.

      But let’s be real, I would bet solid money that if Meghan wasn’t around and Andy was still being outed for the trash he is, those affair rumors about William would still be swirling…

    • Karmak says:

      When was the last time Harry visited Balmoral before he met Meghan? I believe he was a regular visitor with his father growing up. I’m American so I don’t keep up with such things. I can not find many pictures of an adult Harry at Balmoral. Why is it a big deal for the Sussex family to go this year? There is a pap hanging around Balmoral taking photos of all the family members that visit. I thought the Queen goes up there for private time and to relax. It really does not matter to RRs if The Sussexs make the trip it will still be a negative story. All they want are pics of Archie. If it is a job requirement for the Sussex family to get photos at Balmoral to please the British public….that is sad. I think working on the behalf of their patronage is what the public except from the Royal family. Photos are nice extra when The Royal family are on their private time. Like Cambridge kids first day of school.
      Meghan is going to see the Queen at Windsor in a few weeks. Her friend is playing in a tournament now.

    • M. says:

      I also need to add that the Queen invited Boris Johnson and his girlfriend to Balmoral this weekend. Who wants to be around that messiness?

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I could stomach BoJo and his plus-one easier than I could stomach Chump but like Meghan & Harry I would prefer to visit a different weekend.

  23. Rogue says:

    Serena has won 23 grand slams and there are always VIPS in finals so I think it’s safe to say she can handle pressure. Federer is a Middleton family friend and doubt anybody would attribute his loss at Wimbledon this year to pressure of Kate&William watching.

    Meghan was there when she won US Open in 2014 and I think Wimbledon in 2016.

    I think match fitness upon returning from injury& not having done enough smaller tournaments, has been an issue especially against Simona. She’s looking sharper but we’ll see. Would be a great sporting story to see her win 24th title. hope it’s a great match.

    The tabloids don’t seem to know about Balmoral so backtracking on their own stories so it now becomes a snub. They do live in Windsor where queen spends most of her time so not like they need to go to Scotland to spend time with her.

  24. Feeshalori says:

    Just dropped in to say that I love the photo of Serena’s forehand with that huge grin on her face. It’s like, “No problem, girl, I’ve got this.”

  25. kerwood says:

    I’m Canadian but I HAVE to root for Serena. Bianca will have other chances.

    I’m concerned that Meghan being there will amplify all the noise surrounding something like this but both players are professionals.

    I’m so glad that Meghan is living her life, racists be damned. It’s going to be an epic match.

    • Jaded says:

      I think most people there are so into the game and so proud of Serena that they won’t pay much attention to Meghan.

  26. Jen says:

    One queen has earned her stature and position. The other…. was born.

    Go SERENA!

  27. Clay says:

    So, William makes a scheduled appearance to talk about mental health and Harry makes an unscheduled appearance at Sandhurst just hours before William’s to talk about mental health, Harry leaks it first but and the headlines are “Harry lectures about mental health” vs. “William learns about mental health” I’m not taking sides, I dislike them both but H & M really need to change their team and get better advisors, because they’re really losing at this game.

    • Becks1 says:

      What? Harry went to Sandhurst yesterday, William made his appearance today. And Harry visited the Royal Marines on Wednesday. I’m not sure how that is losing at the game.

    • MsIam says:

      Your comment is nonsensical. Plus the papers determine the headlines, not H&M. Papers have these people called “editors” who make those decisions. So no, H&M are not losing at anything.

    • Peg says:


  28. bamaborn says:

    Off topic…my son just texted me picture of my Vogue mag at his house. Sooo excited. Lol!

  29. bamaborn says:

    Harla…you would actually laugh if these people weren’t so pathetic.

  30. Lowrider says:

    The DM has their calculators out to total all the real and imagined expenses for this weekend trip.

    I predict $200,000 plus in expenses.

    • Zut alors says:

      You just know there’s going to be some ish about taxpayers paying for her RPOs to stay at some fancy hotel.

  31. Charfromdarock says:

    I know this is impossible but I want them both to win! I am Canadian and against any other player, I would be 100% for Bianca. But I love Serena so much!

    Never mind the players nerves, mine are going to be shot watching the game!

    I hope Meghan has a fantastic time.

  32. BringBackTheBlues! says:

    I dont get why so many celebrities watch tennis. Its not remotely as intense as hockey or football. I tried sitting in a game and I legit fell asleep. Its a sport for snobs watch, the only thing exciting about it is playing it not watching it.

  33. blue36 says:

    I have to say, from a PR standpoint, this leak makes no sense to me. There is nothing wrong with her going to watch Serena play at the US Open, but its obvious that once this got leaked there would be references to private jet gate and Wimbeldon gate, its bringing back old criticisms to the forefront. The headlines are going to be so obvious, “Meghan’s finally learning how to behave like a royal,” or that she’s finally learning how to be humble, that this is a PR stunt to rehabilitate her image. It’s adding more fuel to the fire. I don’t understand what the game is here.

    • Fapramina says:

      The British press will always focus on the negative when it comes to Meghan. You are reading too much into this. Maybe she just wants to visit/support her dear friend and the country she grew up in (simple as that).

      • blue36 says:

        Oh I have no doubt that it’s probably just her wanting to see her friend play, but was it necessary to leak this information? I know NY has paps everywhere so they would have found out eventually, but…. idk it just seems strange to me (in terms of PR at least)

    • MsIam says:

      You are assuming that H&M leaked this. Why? If she flew commercial, there are any number of ways this information got out. W&K are the leakers, notice how there were pictures of their budget trip. That wasn’t by accident, it was planned just like the trip to school. No pictures, proof with Meghan so until we see her sitting in the stands how we do we know it’s true?

      • Shelley says:

        Gasp! Are you suggesting that the esteemed daily mail got it wrong?! But they do have pictures – albeit from several weeks ago 🤪

  34. intheknow says:

    I am excited to see this match!

  35. rewind says:

    What about Archie????

  36. Dorothy says:

    What did the Cambridge’s last paid for trip cost per night? How many planes did they fly around empty for their lil stunt? Who raped one of Jeffrey Epstein’s slaves? Who allowed her husband to use women like trash for decades while turning a blind eye? Yes let’s talk royals . I was the BIGGEST anglophile before Megan came along and exposed their true colors and how they’ve acted has thrown all excuses for them I used to make you, out the window . I loved Kate and the Queen I literally despise them both now. As far as I’m concerned the only royals I care about anymore are Megan and Harry. The rest of the articles about anyone else should just focus on their shadiness and horribleness. It won’t be difficult at all.

    • bamaborn says:

      Dorothy, have to admit, they’ve been a total disappointment to me. Always told the Brits were “polished” and polite. Will never see them in that light again. smh

  37. Elaine says:

    This is a story ? Must be a slow news day. Surprised that they didn’t bitch about her leaving a new baby.

  38. Cameron says:

    I think The Duchess is going to make the effort to support her friends who have stood by her through all the crazy British stuff…welcome home Meghan!

    • bamaborn says:

      Yes, Cameron!

      • Sduff says:

        The New York Post has a source indicating this trip is a PR attempt to counter the private jet and Wimbledon debacles. Also a Serena camp source expresses concern about Meg being a distraction.

    • MsIam says:

      @Sduf the NY Post is the same rag that printed the Cindy Adams hit piece about H&M being exiled to Africa. it’s owned by that bigot Rupert Murdoch who owns Fox News. So no one is impressed by them or their “sources” no matter how many times you keep posting it.

  39. Molly says:

    If the British dislike Meghan so much why are they following her every move. Follow Kate and her hair. See if she changed the color. Why would they follow the insignificant Sussex’s or as the Brits like to remind us “The insignificant 6th in line and his wife”. The British Press loves to remind us of her insignificance yet they watch her like a hawk!

  40. blunt talker says:

    I read a couple weeks ago that Harry was at Balmoral when he was told about his mother dying. I think this may be part of the reason its not his favorite place to visit. Besides they see the Queen more often than other royal family members because they live/work at Buckingham Palace.

  41. Sarah says:

    Bianca Andreescu is actually Romanian just like Simona Halep… just saying… 😉

  42. Alexis says:

    Are she and Harry doing anything to help the Bahamas? Real question.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      @alexis the queen sent her thoughts and prayers. She is leading by example. What? You are expecting them to show up her Maj?

    • Le4Frimaire says:

      What exactly would you like them to do? The British Navy is sending some aid. I have family there who have lost everything and some are still missing, so please don’t trivialize this disaster with gossip scorekeeping.

    • Olenna says:

      “Real question”? LOL! No, it’s not.

  43. Le4Frimaire says:

    The British tabloids are treating this little trip like a major world event. Saw at least 6 articles on the Fails website and thousands of comments. It’s crazy. And she flew on a commercial jet! You’d think she skipped town with half the Crown Jewels and state secrets LOL.

  44. LindaS says:

    Yes!!! Our Canadian won the US open.

  45. Set says:

    I don’t get why her flying over to support her friend is such a big deal. Glad Bianca won-it’s good for the future Of the sport and she played well. I think Serena Williams has achieved so much already and has so much to be proud of, I hope she does what makes her happy. I have such tremendous respect for Serena Williams and her sister.

  46. liriel says:

    The way she made her comeback from 5:1 to 5:5 was astonishing. I’m sorry, I know she lost all 4 finals but there is this stupid part of me that thinks, oh pressure, meghan you’re not exactly the lucky charm. Serena shown how to never give up after the iffy first set. A fighter and the best player. But the winner is worthy I just hope she won’t disappear like almost every single other winner.

  47. liriel says:

    The way she made her comeback from 5:1 to 5:5 was astonishing. I’m sorry, I know she lost all 4 finals but there is this stupid part of me that thinks, oh pressure, meghan you’re not exactly the lucky charm. Serena shown how to never give up after the iffy first set. A fighter and the best player. But the winner is worthy I just hope she won’t disappear like almost every single other winner.

  48. liriel says:

    To be honest I’m a tennis fan and saw many comments on twitter. Some Serena’s supporters really do like Meghan but say she’s bad luck to Serena. Jinx. Of course it’s not Meghan’s fault but I was asked by my father to not watch penalties in soccer with him because each time I do his favourite team loses. Oh well.