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Royal Wimbledon clash: Halep hopes Kate will support her over Meghan’s pal Serena in final – Express

Royal Wimbledon clash: Halep hopes Kate will support her over Meghan’s pal Serena in final – Express

13 July 2019 NEWS

MEGHAN MARKLE and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s, reported royal rift may have an extra edge, after tennis star Simona Halep said she hoped Kate would be supporting her, rather than Meghan’s close friend Serena Williams in the Ladies’ Wimbledon final.

The Duchesses will both watch the showpiece event from the Royal Box at Centre Court on Saturday afternoon, Kensington Palace has confirmed.Meghan, 37, will not doubt be cheering on her long term pal Serena, 37, who is seeking to achieve a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title. Meanwhile Halep, 27, a former world number one and French Open champion, is hoping to secure royal support of her own after declaring her admiration for Kate, 37.

When asked who she would like supporting her, Halep said: “Kate. I like her.

“It is very special to be able to play a Wimbledon final, it is pretty amazing.”

Serena is aiming to win Wimbledon for 8th time – whilst Halep who is in her first final is hoping for her maiden victory on grass.

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Royal news: Meghan and Kate will attend the ladies’ Wimbledon final(Image: GETTY)

Saturday will be the Duchesses’ second appearance at Wimbledon this year and Meghan will be hoping this time is goes much smoother.

The Duchess of Sussex made an impromptu visit to Wimbledon last week to watch Serena’s straight sets victory against Kaja Juvan.

Meghan was accused of instructing her royal protection officers to tell spectators not to take photos of her because she was at the tournament “in a private capacity”.

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Royal news: Kate and Meghan attended Wimbledon together in 2018(Image: GETTY)

She was photographed on court one with two friends with the rows around them cleared.

One man was told off for taking a snap, when he was actually taking a selfie with the court in the background.

Serena and the Duchess are good friends, with the tennis star and her husband Alexis Ohanian Snr attending her wedding to Prince Harry last May.

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Roya news: Meghan was criticised for her security at the championships last week(Image: PA)

Following her crushing semi-final victory against Barbora Strycova, Serena full of praise for Meghan and said “she couldn’t be a better friend to me”.

Serena said: “You know, I didn’t know there was negative media out there.

“Any time I see her name attached to anything, I don’t read it.

“She couldn’t be a better friend to me. Low moments, high moments, she’s always there.

“That’s all I want to be to her.”

Following the Ladies’ singles final on Saturday, Kate who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, will return on Sunday with her husband William, Duke of Cambridge, for the Men’s singles final.

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