Serena Williams Praises Friend Meghan for Handling Oprah Interview With 'Class' | 22 Words

Meghan Markle has received endless backlash following her tell-all interview with Oprah earlier this month, but long-time friend Serena Williams has since spoken out in full support of the star...

And it's truly heartwarming to see...

Scroll on to hear what she had to say.

Now, Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah will be a hot talking point for a long time.

Following their controversial departure from the British monarchy, the former-royals sat down with Oprah earlier in the month to give their side of the story.

Their 2-hour-long interview aired on CBS on Sunday, March 7th...

And viewers watched on in shock as some mind-blowing allegations were made against the monarchy.

For example...

It was claimed that senior members of the family had refused to get Meghan professional help when she was experiencing suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy with Archie.

Meghan also addressed that incident with her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

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Headlines were made in 2018 when Meghan allegedly "made Kate cry" in a row about bridesmaids' dresses in the days before her and Harry's wedding - well, in her chat with Oprah, Meghan claimed that Kate was the one to make her cry.

Though she did stress that Kate had apologized and that she had "forgiven her."

She also addressed the ongoing issues of racism within the monarchy.

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Meghan claimed an unnamed senior member of the Royal family raised "concerns" about how dark Archie's skin would be before his birth.

"In those months when I was pregnant, all around this same time, so we have in tandem the conversation of, 'you won't be given security, not gonna be given a title' and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

But Meghan wasn't the only one to spill the royal tea.

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Prince Harry himself spoke candidly about his current relationship with his family and how he has been "financially cut off," which initially left him fearing for the future.

Harry explained that he "had to get out," though when he did he was "cut off financially" when he and Meghan needed help the most...

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He also added that they've since been relying on his inheritance from Princess Diana.

"I was totally cut off financially. My family cut me off – if I didn't have what my mom left me, we wouldn't have been able to do this."

"All I wanted to do was keep my family safe."

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Meghan then insisted that they never had any plans at first to quit the U.K - she said the intention was to "do this forever" and that she told the royal family to "use me as much as you like."

Later in the interview, Oprah asked how the prince thinks the late Princess Diana would have felt about the rifts that drove them to step back from the royal family.

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"I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out, and very sad," Harry said, "But ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy."

Quite predictably, opinion has been well and truly divided over the interview...

With a vast majority feeling sympathetic for Harry and Meghan over what they've allegedly endured in the last few years.

But on the other hand...

People have been slamming the pair for agreeing to take part in Oprah's interview and have even been brandishing them as "liars"... including Piers Morgan, who actually resigned from his job on Good Morning Britain after bosses ordered him to apologize for saying he didn't believe Meghan's mental health claims.

The backlash has been vicious, to say the least...

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Sky News reported that a survey conducted amongst 1,664 British respondents found that forty-eight percent had a more negative view of Prince Harry following the interview, while only thirty-one percent had a positive opinion on Meghan.

Ouch.

But despite all the backlash thrown her way, Meghan has had support from some of those closest to her...

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And the latest comes from tennis champion Serena Williams.

Serena has been friends with Meghan since 2014...

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And Meghan has frequently been seen supporting Serena at her various tennis matches.

The sportswoman was even seen at the royal wedding in 2018...

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And allegedly hosted Meghan's baby shower in 2019.

So, of course, she has come out in full support of her "selfless friend."

It comes after Serena defended Meghan following a backlash during the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Serena Williams has since praised Meghan saying she is the "epitome of class and strength" following the interview.

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She spoke to Behnaz Ghahramani the Chief Marketing Officer for Stuart Weitzman for the Shine Series, where she discussed her friendship with Meghan.

Williams described her as "the strongest person she knows."

"Meghan is a great person and I think the epitome of strength, the epitome of confidence, the epitome of just selflessness, and the epitome of everything is just her and everything that she's gone through," she told the Shine series.

"You can see from the interview that it wasn't easy. But she had so much poise and she still had so much class," she added.

"I just think that she is the strongest person I know. I don't know anyone else that could handle anything on such a global scale the way that she's had to handle things that are just untrue - minute after minute."

"Not even day after day. Just minute after minute, another untrue allegation being thrown at her."

"I think it was important for me to say something because I'm tired of sitting back and seeing all this negativity that's just not true," she went on.

Williams, who has a daughter, Olympia, with husband Alexis Ohanian, said she wants her daughter grows up in a world where women don't "tear each other down."

"I compete against women all the time. We can go tooth and nail, but it doesn't mean we have that we have anything against each other. I actually support you and I want the best for you."

"I really just hope that I inspire Olympia and the next generation of girls to believe that anything is possible. And, mostly, to believe in themselves."

What an inspiration! We totally agree.

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