Meghan Markle has recently announced her first charity project – a cookbook for Grenfell Tower.
The humanitarian Duchess has been praised for creating the Together: Our Community Cookbook.
All of the proceeds from the book will go towards “supporting communities through cooking and sharing food.”
Now Serena Williams has told Australia’s The Sunday Project all about her friendship with the stunning former actress.
The recent mother revealed she and Meghan were texting in the morning before the interview took place.
The interview was filmed days after she lost the US Open women’s final to Naomi Osaka.
She said: “We were actually just texting each other this morning.
“We have known each other for a long time, but we really kind of are relying on each other quite a lot recently.”
Serena has also been very vocal about her support for Meghan’s latest project.
The tennis player posted an image of the cover of the book, and wrote: “I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project “Together” a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together. I could not be more excited about it and proud of you.
“It’s beautiful – diversity, inclusivity, coming together in grief or joy – there is just so much love. Link in bio to learn more, and how you can get a copy!”
The post had 135,188 likes so far.
Serena and Meghan supposedly met in 2010, but the first images of them spending time together are at the the DirecTV Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on 1 February 2014.
Serena attending Meghan’s wedding with her husband, founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, 35.
Meghen attended the Women’s Open to support her friend as she played.
The pair also met in July to watch Prince Harry play polo together.
Meghan Markle and Serena attended the Audi Polo Cup with the tennis player’s husband.
Meghan Markle wore a £1483 outfit to launch her Grenfell cookbook.
The most striking element of Meghan’s look was her blue coat, which was from Canadian brand SMYTHE, and costs an eye-watering £1,186.
On her feet, Meghan wore a pair of Sarah Flint ‘Jay’ black pumps, costing £297 – shoes she has worn previously.
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.