Serena Williams reveals how constant media scrutiny has changed her relationship with Meghan Markle
Although they have their differences, when you think about it, Serena Williams and Meghan Markle really are quite similar in a lot of ways.
Both bear the heavy burden of public scrutiny on a daily basis - And while both women are pretty wonderful role models, sadly they seem to never quite meet the standards that are expected of them.
In a recent interview, Serena admitted that her relationship with the former Suits actress had changed since she returned to the tennis court after a lengthy break and Meghan married into the British royal family and became the woman everybody wanted a piece of.
Speaking to Australian news program The Sunday Project, the 36-year-old athlete confirmed she was still close to the Duchess of Sussex, saying: "We were actually just texting each other this morning."
When her interviewer claimed she couldn't think of two women in the world that have more media scrutiny on them at this moment, Serena wholeheartedly agreed, saying: "Right?"
She continued to confess that she and Meghan had become closer because of the extra attention. "I would definitely agree... We have known each other for a long time, but we really are relying on each other a lot recently," she said.
In addition, the sportswoman opened up about attending the royal wedding back in May. The new mother was one of the few celebrity guests invited to the event, and appeared with her husband alongside Amal and George Clooney, Idris Elba, and Victoria and David Beckham.
Stating the event would go down in history, Serena said: "To have such a monumental moment, in England nonetheless of all the places, I felt like we were literally watching history, and I feel like in a few years we’re going to look back at that moment and it’s just going to be so historic, something that people will never forget."
She added: "The whole service was really wonderful and most of all I just wanted to see my friend be happy and I think that's what happened."
The interview with the Australian news outlet took place only three days after Serena's controversial US Open loss. Naturally, the scandal came up, with the tennis star claiming her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told her he "made a motion".
"I asked him [Mouratoglou] 'what are you talking about you were coaching? We don't have signals, we've never had signals'," she said. "He said he made a motion. So I was like 'you made a motion and now you told people that you're coaching me - that doesn't make sense, why would you say that?'"
She added that she wanted to leave the incident behind her, saying: "I was on the other side. I didn't see the motion. It was just a really confusing moment, I think, for him. What I'm trying to do most of all is to recover from that and move on."
Let's hope everyone leaves Serena alone so she can focus on her next Grand Slam and her baby daughter.