Serena Williams: Why Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding look is so iconic

Serena Williams
She remembers the night before the royal wedding

Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian

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Serena Williams reveals that she knew for a long time which hairstyle she wanted to wear for her friend Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding. What is behind it and why the look was prepared for a night…

In May 2018, Megan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in Windsor. The couple in love also invites many of their famous friends to this unforgettable occasion – including tennis icon Serena Williams, 40. Together with her now husband, Alexis Ohanian, Serena attends the big event in Windsor in an elegant Versace dress and jewelry by Bulgari.

Wedding hairstyle with effort and meaning

Now the athlete, who has just announced the end of her professional tennis career, is surprisingly open about the day and the preparations for the first time. When the invitation came, one thing was clear to her: “I had a fascinator on, but what’s really iconic about this look is I’m like, ‘Royal Wedding? I’m definitely going to wear braids!'” It took two or three hairstylists and a whole night to get the hair done. “I was so tired, I lay down and slept and they braided until the morning hours. […] It took a long time, but it was definitely worth it!” she proudly explains in a video interview with American Vogue.

For the Williams sisters, braiding is an important part of their African-American roots

A few weeks after the wedding – at her first Grand Slam tournament since the birth of daughter Olympia – she also wore the hairstyle. Serena Williams and her sister, Venus Williams, 42, have often stressed how important their braids are to them.

For example, they write on Instagram that the style tells a story: the hairstyle shows where they originally come from. Venus Williams explains on the social media platform: “Pearls [im Haar] are a typical style for African-American children. […] They can be a symbol of your tribe, rank and status, age, religion and much more.”


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