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Why Serena Williams is hesitant to give Meghan Markle parenting advice

Why Serena Williams is hesitant to give Meghan Markle parenting advice
Serena Williams (Photo Credit: Bang Media)

Serena Williams won’t be giving the Duchess of Sussex parenting advice anytime soon.

The 37-year-old tennis star has been friends with the former actress — who was known as Meghan Markle before marrying Prince Harry last year — for several years, and she admitted she’ll wait before she gives her pal any tips on motherhood after the duchess welcomed baby Archie into the world in May.

Williams — who has daughter Olympia, 19 months, with husband Alexis Ohanian — told the BBC: “I never pass on words of wisdom because I feel like for everyone — when they have a kid, especially when you just have a baby — it’s so difficult to just be.

“It’s just like, ‘Get through the first three [or] four months and then we can talk.’ “

Despite this, Williams has previously given tips on coping with parenthood for the first time, saying she had to learn to “go with the flow” and adapt to living day-to-day without too much planning to avoid causing unnecessary stress.

She said to E! News: “Accept mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect. We put so much pressure on ourselves.

“I had all those high expectations and what I was going to do and then I had what I was going to do.

“I was gonna recover and I was gonna be great, and this is a time that everything is not going to go as planned.

“My whole life is so planned and this is the one time where it wasn’t. You just gotta go with the flow.”

The athlete took on the task of planning Markle’s baby shower back in February for the tot and has since revealed the party was a lot more pressure than she’d first thought.

She admitted: “Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect.’ “

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