The 23-time tennis champ recently sat down for an interview with Business of Fashion where she opened up about putting together her friend Meghan Markle‘s shower to celebrate the arrival of her first child with Prince Harry, who should be arriving “any day” now.
“Planning something like that takes a lot of effort. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect,'” she relayed to the publication. “It’s been a lot the last few days.”
But that wasn’t the only thing she was dealing with that week in February. It just so happens that she was also slated to introduce Best Picture nominee A Star Is Born at the 2019 Academy Awards.
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Nonetheless, according to our royal insider, the 37-year-old pro athlete’s party went off without a hitch! The gathering at The Mark Hotel in New York was attended by close friends of Meghan’s like Amal Clooney, Gayle King and Abigail Spencer. She also had some help from Meghan’s pal Genevieve Hillis and the Duchess’ wedding planner Jennifer Zabinski, who reportedly coordinated the event.
Gifts were placed in a decorated crib as they entered the bash and guests enjoyed cuisine by Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. A flower-arranging session was set up alongside snacks including cotton candy machines, which had blue and pink colours available.
The source added that Williams paid close attention to details and made sure it was a special day for the mother-to-be. There was also reportedly a harpist playing at the gathering.
“A good time was had by all. That’s what I’ll say,” King coyly shared on CBS News afterward.
“If I told you, you know, I’d have to kill you,” she playfully added. “She didn’t open any of the gifts because she wants to do that when she and Harry are back together. So I really don’t know what everybody got. I think I got something I think is very nice.”
As the world anxiously awaits for the latest addition to the royal family, new rumours are surfacing that Meghan and Harry are considering foregoing their new home near Windsor Castle in favour of Africa.
Buckingham Palace has released a statement addressing the rumours, noting that “any future plans” for Meghan and Harry are “speculative at this stage,” and “no decision has been taken about future roles.” They do not, however, completely deny the report.
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