Serena Williams expresses support for ‘selfless friend’ Meghan Markle as she hits out at ‘malicious’ tabloids

Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex

Serena Williams has spoken out in favour of Meghan Markle after the Duchess of Sussex’s two-hour no-holds barred interview with Oprah Winfrey was aired in the United States.

In an explosive interview alongside her husband Harry with the talk show host, Markle accused the royal family of racism and revealed she often felt isolated and suicidal.

Meghan claimed there were “several conversations” with the royal family about her child’s complexion while she has also been the target of racist coverage from the tabloids.

Tennis icon and 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams, who attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding in 2018, took to social media to express her support for her friend.

“Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion,” she wrote. “She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.

“I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us. We must recognize our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism. The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.

“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.

“Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

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