Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle fights back tears during Serena Williams' Wimbledon speech

  • 16/07/2018

Meghan Markle appeared poised as usual at the Wimbledon Women's Final on the weekend, but she struggled to keep it together during one emotional moment. 

The Duchess of Sussex attended the event with Kate Middleton for their first outing together without their husbands.

As well as fulfilling her royal duties, Meghan was supporting her long-time, close friend Serena Williams.

Williams, who played the final just 10 months after giving birth to her daughter Olympia, lost the title to Angelique Kerber.

In an emotional post-match speech, the tennis legend thanked fans and dedicated her match to mothers everywhere. 

"It was such an amazing tournament for me. I was really hoping to get this far," she said as she choked back tears.

"It's obviously disappointing, but I can't be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to.

"To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today and I tried," she continued with a shaky voice.

Meghan could then be seen blinking back tears and applauding as cameras cut back to the Duchesses, who were listening intently from the Royal Box.

In a press conference last week, Williams' told reporters she was looking forward to having Meghan court-side for support during the final.

"We have a wonderful friendship," she said.

"Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon and has supported me.

"Now she's supporting me in a different role, but our friendship is still exactly the same."

Meghan attended the event alongside sister-in-law Kate, who is an official Royal Patron of Wimbledon.