“She greeted everyone legitimately like an old friend,” the insider said. “She seemed bashful when they put her on the big screen.”
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, sat between Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, and her mom, Oracene Price. According to the source, the former Suits actress chatted with both of them, but more so with Oracene. The eyewitness noted that there were no specific interactions between the tennis champion, 37, and her royal friend, which is normal for tennis tournaments like the US Open.
“She was definitely engaged in the match [and] cheered and stood on big points,” the insider said.
As for her interactions with well-wishers, the source said that the duchess was “gracious”, smiled and touched fans’ shoulders on her way to her seat. The eyewitness added that Williams’ agent seemed “protective” over the royal as she made her way to the athlete’s box.
A second eyewitness told Us that Meghan touched his shoulder as he said hello and tried to take a selfie with her while she exited up the stairs after the trophy presentation.
“Meghan is very excited to be supporting and watching Serena,” a source told Us said at the time, adding that the duchess “loves getting over to New York.”
Andreescu beat William 6-3, 7-5. If Williams won, she would have tied with Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam singles title wins ever with 24. The US Open is Williams’ fourth consecutive loss since returning to the sport after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, 2, in August 2017. The athlete shares her daughter with husband .
“Becoming a mom is something that I’ve always wanted to do, but I was getting older and [it was] not really going to happen,” she said at New York Fashion Week’s The Shows, The Talk’s Breakfast of Champions on Monday, September 9. “I love being her mom, and it’s such a great feeling. For me, she’s the best thing that’s happened to me and I’ve had so many amazing things happen to me, so … that’s really saying a lot.”