Serena Williams will wait before giving Meghan Markle parenting advice

Serena Williams says she will wait until the Royal baby is at least three months old before offering her friend the Duchess of Sussex parenting advice.

The tennis superstar, 37, said she would wait before offering “words of wisdom” as it is “so difficult to just be” with a newborn.

Royal baby Archie Harrison was born on May 6, and is set to be christened this Saturday.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Williams who gave birth to daughter Olympia in 2017, said: “I never pass on words of wisdom, because I feel like everyone when they have a kid, especially when you’ve just had a baby, it’s so difficult to just be.

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“It’s just like get through the first three months and then four months and then we can talk.”

The 23-time grand slam champion said she was “in a good place” ahead of her first appearance at this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

Williams said she wanted to incorporate what she learnt from her parents in Olympia’s upbringing.

She said: “I had a really good environment growing up and loved having sisters around, I can’t provide that for Olympia just right now. Yet.”

When asked about her message of body positivity in the age of social media, Williams said: “For me it’s really important to believe in yourself and it’s hard.

“I can’t imagine growing up nowadays, in this time, but I have to imagine, because I have a daughter that’s going to grow up in this time, so I kind of need to put myself in that situation, and what do I want out of that?

“So that’s how it kind of starts, and then for me I do have a voice that I can use, and how do I use that in a positive way?”

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Discussing how becoming a mother had changed her, Williams said: “Becoming a mom has changed my perspective on a lot of things.

“It also has changed me in terms of, I want to leave a legacy, I want to be this positive person for my daughter.

“Everything I do I want to do it for my daughter, and I’ve never obviously had that motivation before.”

Williams also said she “doesn’t want to not play tennis,” adding that she “loves doing what she does.”

But she said: “I don’t want to not do it at the best level that I can, so if I go out on the court and I’m not training as hard as I want to, then it’s just not going to work out for me, so that’s my motivation.

“I feel good now, it’s been a rough time for me this year, but I’m finally at a place where I’m like ‘oh my God, I’m not in pain, let’s do this,’ so this is a good place for me to be at.”

The tennis star will face off against Italy’s Giulia Gatto-Monticone on Centre Court on Tuesday.


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