Tennis superstar Serena Williams has penned a heartfelt note to her friend Meghan Markle following her recent tell-it interview with Oprah Winfrey where she opened up on her relationship with the royal household and her experience with the family.
The Tennis champion said that she could identify with Meghan in that they have both had to battle sexist and racist institutions. She mentioned that systemic oppression, victimization has a great effect on the mental health of a person and there is the need to decry such malicious acts in society. Serena mentioned that her utmost desire is to see her daughter Olympia and Meghan’s daughter grow up in a society filled with respect.
During the interview, Meghan Markle revealed that the media vitriol and lack of support from the palace heavily affected her mental health. At one point, she told Harry that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore.” “I was ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry. But I knew that if I didn’t say it — then I would do it,” she said. “That was a clear and real and frightening and constant thought.” Meghan added that she “thought it would have solved everything for everyone.”