Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, cheers on Serena Williams at Wimbledon

They've been friends for many years

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was on her feet to cheer on good friend Serena Williams during Wimbledon’s ladies’ singles final on Saturday.

The 36-year-old was joined by her sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, for her very first experience in the royal box at Wimbledon.

: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex applaud ahead of the Ladies' Singles final match between Serena Williams of The United States and Angelique Kerber of Germany on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Meghan beamed and clapped as her friend Serena arrived on court (Credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Meghan stood, clapped and couldn’t stop smiling as close friend Serena, 36, arrived on court for her match against Angelique Kerber.

Angelique won 6-3, 6-3 to pick up her first Wimbledon title.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at Wimbledon
The camera focused on Meghan standing up first in the royal box as Serena came out on court (Credit: BBC)

Earlier in the week, Serena had spoken out to praise Meghan’s support over the years, saying the former actress had watched her at Wimbledon before she even met Prince Harry.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at Wimbledon
Meghan immediately stood to cheer Serena (Credit: BBC)

Serena told reporters of Meghan: “We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot. I look forward to it.”

Duchess of Cambridge and Sussex watch Serena Williams at WImbledon
The Duchesses looked engrossed in the game (Credit: BBC)

It’s been reported Meghan and Serena first met back in 2010, when they were pictured together at a Super Bowl event.

They’ve both spoken warmly about each other in interviews over the years.

Serena once told Vanity Fair of Meghan: “Her personality just shines.”

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Kate and Meghan had the best seats in the house! (Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Meghan returned the favour, telling Vogue that Serena would be an amazing mother to  her daughter, Alexis, who was born ten months ago.

Serena and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, were among the guests at the royal wedding in May, and also scored the coveted invites to the exclusive late-night party hosted by Prince Charles.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
This is the women’s first engagement together without their husbands (Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Serena and Angelique’s match was delayed on Centre Court as play had to be completed first on Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal’s semi-final, which was suspended at 11pm on Friday.

It meant tennis lovers the Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge got an extra treat watching the conclusion of that match, eventually won by Djokovic.

Saturday’s visit to Wimbledon marked Meghan and Kate’s first official engagement together without their husbands.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
The royals are both known to be tennis fans (Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has often been seen in the Wimbledon royal box over the years with her husband, The Duke of Cambridge, and family members.

She is Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Kate, 36, will also attend the gentleman’s singles final on Sunday alongside Prince William.

Serena and husband Alexis Ohanian were guests at the royal wedding in May (Credit: Gareth Fuller – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It’s been a busy week for the royals with multiple public appearances.

They started the week with 11-week-old Prince Louis’ christening on Monday, which marked the first time The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been pictured with all five children. They’re also parents to George, four, and Charlotte, three.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in attendance at the christening.

The following day, both couples joined The Queen and other senior royals for a day of celebrations to mark the RAF’s 100th anniversary, which included a fly-past at Buckingham Palace, giving Meghan her second-ever balcony experience.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a service to mark the RAF’s 100th anniversary on Tuesday (Credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

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Later that day, Meghan and Harry flew to Dublin for a whirlwind two-day visit on behalf of the British government.

It marked their first overseas tour as a married couple and saw engagements including visiting the Book of Kells, Croke Park and the Famine Memorial, and a garden party at the British Ambassador’s official residence.

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