Tennis star Serena Williams has revealed that her father opted out of her wedding via a text message, just as Meghan Markle’s father Thomas said he won’t make it to Saturday’s royal wedding.
Meghan’s father will not walk her daughter down the aisle at St George’s Chapel on Saturday due to his recovery from a heart operation he underwent on Wednesday after a heart attack last week.
Speaking in a documentary captioned Being Serena via Vogue, the tennis star said her father and coach Richard Williams decided one hour before the vows that he wasn’t going to walk by her side when she married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in November.
“He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” she explained.
“But then he wrote me and said, ‘Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous’.”
She added that her father was supportive of the wedding even though he did not want to come.
“Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too,” she added.
“I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it.”
The 36-year-old added, “If he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand.
“Look, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him. I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him.
“I don’t think a lot of him could have anyway. Our family knows what we have. We just want each other to be happy.”
Serena, who is a doting mother to daughter Alexis Olympia, ended up walking down the aisle alone.