Meghan Markle cheers on pal Serena Williams at US Open tennis final in New York after snubbing the Queen’s Balmoral invite

Meghan Markle cheers on pal Serena Williams at US Open tennis final in New York after snubbing the Queen’s Balmoral invite

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MEGHAN Markle is in New York to watch long-time friend Serena Williams play in the US Open final tonight.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, jetted off across the pond after snubbing the Queen’s invite to Balmoral Castle earlier this week.

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Meghan is in New York to watch long-time friend Serena Williams play in the US Open final tonight[/caption]

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She was seen greeting members of Serena’s player’s box[/caption]

She made a last-minute dash to the airport yesterday morning to jump on a plane to the States to cheer on Serena live in the final.

Meghan, 38 — who left son Archie with dad Prince Harry, 34, and their nanny — will stay the weekend in New York City.

‘TOO BUSY’ FOR QUEEN

The Sun revealed on Thursday that the couple — unlike other royals — had declined a visit to Balmoral to see the Queen on her Scottish holiday, saying that four-month-old Archie was too young.

Meghan’s spokeswoman also said it was because she and Harry were “too busy” with work.

She added that Meghan had taken a commercial flight — understood to be a British Airways plane from London Heathrow — and not a private jet.

She and Harry faced much criticism last month for catching four private jets in under two weeks for private holidays — while preaching about climate change.

Harry took a further two more to deliver a speech on climate change in Sicily at Google camp, making it six private jet trips in a month.

A source said: “The Duchess was thinking of flying out to support Serena after she won the quarter finals on Tuesday.

“She stayed up late on Thursday and into the early hours to watch her in the semis. When she won, Meghan was like ‘let’s go!’

“She’s really excited to support her friend and then come back.”

MEGHAN’S PRESENCE ‘WORRIES’ COACH

And while we’re sure Serena is thrilled to have her best friend cheering her on, her tennis coach on the other hand is reportedly “worried” over the royal’s presence.

Serena’s tennis coach, Patrick Mouratoglou reportedly fears the Duchess’s presence could spell bad news for Serena’s performance.

According to the New York Post’s celebrity gossip site, Page Six, members of Serena’s team are “concerned” and “superstitious” over the Duchess’ presence.

“Serena asked her coach about Meghan coming when she won last night and everyone is worried, as tennis players are very superstitious, and Serena lost when Meghan came to watch her at Wimbledon,” a source told the publication.

“[Williams’ coach] Patrick keeps telling her, ‘Focus focus focus.’ The aim is getting her to win her 24th Grand Slam.”

Serena, 37 — who is is on the brink of a record-equalling 24th career Grand Slam title — is playing at New York’s Arthur Ashe stadium tonight against Canada’s Biana Andreescu, 19.

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Meghan was understood to be flying out without any staff, although accompanied by her royal protection police officers.

Serena’s semi-final ended at 1am London time yesterday. Less than seven hours later Meghan was boarding her flight.

Her spokeswoman said Meghan had paid to offset her carbon dioxide emissions.

The Duchess of Sussex’s journey to New York — her first since her £330,000 star-studded baby shower in February — is expected to generate 986kg of carbon dioxide.


The Duchess’s last-minute trip comes as news of her using a Hollywood agent, lawyer and business manager had emerged.

The secret US team is looking after her future career — and believed to be in negotiations for her first children’s book.

But royal insiders say such matters would normally be handled “exclusively” by Palace staff.

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Meghan made a last-minute dash to the airport yesterday morning to jump on a plane to the States to cheer on Serena live in the final[/caption]


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