Tennis champ Serena Williams has advised her “sweet” pal Meghan Markle to “stop being so nice”.
The mum-of-one recalled a recent conversation with the Duchess of Sussex, 37, who is expecting her first child.
She says Meghan was more interested in how she was than herself – despite juggling pregnancy and royal duties.
And she says her friend hasn’t changed one bit since becoming Prince Harry’s wife and one of the most famous women in the world.
Serena, also 37, told People: “I’m like, ‘How are you?’ and she’s like, ‘No, how are you?’ and I’m like, ‘You’re so sweet, but I’m really asking – how are YOU?’
“I’m like, ‘Meghan, stop being so nice…you’re the pregnant one, aren’t you supposed to have hormones, why are you so sweet?’ But that’s always been her.”
Serena, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia last year, also said she’s been giving mum-to-be Meghan tips.
But she admitted the Duchess “still gives me more advice.”
The pair have a long-standing friendship dating back to 2010 where they reportedly first met at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.
Speaking about their friendship on her former lifestyle blog The Tig, Meghan said she and the tennis ace bonded very quickly when playing a game of flag football, which is a variation of American football.
Meghan wrote: “We hit it off immediately.
“Taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff.”