Serena Williams may not be going to Meghan and Harry's wedding: Find out why

Meghan Marklehas called Serena Williamsher “closest friend.” The future royal and tennis champion met back in 2014 while playing flag football at a celebrity event and felt an instant connection. “We hit it off immediately,” Markle, 36, revealed during a Q&A that she posted on her former lifestyle blog, The Tig. She added that they spent the afternoon chatting about “good old fashioned girly stuff.”

When Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot on May 19, however, Williams sadly might not be in attendance. The wedding takes place during one of the 23-time Grand Slam winner’s tournaments. “We’ll see if I can make it,” Williams, 36, revealed during a Thursday, April 26, appearance on Good Morning America

Williams, who wed entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian in November 2017, shared a piece of advice for her BFF though “I just think it’s so important to enjoy the moment,” the athlete told Robin Roberts. “You know, and eat cake. I didn’t get to eat mine at the wedding.” (Markle and Harry, 33, missed Williams’ wedding. She was filming Suits and Harry was hosting a charitable gala in London.)

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How much Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expected to spend on their royal wedding
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Food and drinks — $686,000 (£479,000). Catering is needed for both the formal lunch reception and the dinner reception for friends and family. Top-shelf champagne, wine, and whiskey will likely come from the Royal Palace cellars. The Royal Family’s favorite champagne, Bollinger, goes for nearly $115 (£80) a bottle; that's approximately $195,000 (£136,000) spent on champagne alone.

Wedding dress — $430,000 (£300,000). The rumor mill is working overtime when it comes to Markle's dress, which will reportedly have a six-figure price tag and be paid for by the bride herself. A fashion icon in the making, Markle is expected to go with a traditional design and unique detail.

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Marquee — $500,000 (£350,000). Even though Markle and Prince Harry are using St. George's Chapel free of charge, they'll need a large event tent to host guests on the grounds after the immediate reception in St. George's Great Hall.

Music — $430,000 (£300,000). An organist and choirs will be on hand for the ceremony, while a DJ and live wedding band will set the mood at the reception. The Ministry of Defense also reportedly ordered $129,000 (£90,000) worth of personalized, silver-plated trumpets for the event.

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Invitations and wedding favors — $290,800 (£203,000). Kensington Palace announced in March that British printing company Barnard and Westwood made the invitations featuring the Prince of Wales badge printed in gold ink. The wedding favors will be something low-key and personal, according to Bride Book.

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Production/decoration — $186,000 (£130,000). A top London production agency is expected to transform Windsor Castle into a modern-day fairy tale. This includes lighting, dance floors, bars, and seating.

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Flowers — $157,600 (£110,000). Elaborate floral displays from one of London's top luxury florists will adorn both the chapel and the outdoor marquee. Bridesmaid's bouquets are also included in which the Peony is rumored to be the starring flower.

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Entertainment — $78,800 (£55,000). A photo booth, children's entertainers, and a fireworks display will keep hundreds of guests entertained throughout the reception.

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Wedding cake — $71,600 (£50,000). Guests will enjoy a lemon elderflower cake covered with butter cream and fresh flowers, made by California-based pastry chef Claire Ptak.

Luxury toilets — $50,000 (£35,000). A necessity when you're accommodating hundreds of guests.

Photographer/Videographer — $24,300 (£17,000). Press will not be allowed inside the reception, so a private wedding photographer and videographer will be tasked with capturing the entire day. They'll also put together multiple photo books for an additional cost.

Wedding party wardrobe — $21,000 (£14,700). Between stylish bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen tuxedos, and flower girl and page boy outfits, wardrobe costs for the wedding party will run deep.

Beauty — $14,300 (£10,000). A hair and makeup team will be on hand to keep Markle and the rest of the wedding party looking fresh throughout the ceremony and receptions.

Wedding rings — $8,600 (£6,000). The wedding bands will be made with the Royal family's Welsh gold kept in the Royal vaults. While it's no added expense to the wedding, the rings are incredibly valuable.

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Bonus: The Honeymoon — $172,000 (£120,000). Bride Book's expert predicts Markle and Prince Harry will take a pre-wedding trip as well as a vacation with friends after the wedding frenzy has subsided. Markle is reportedly footing the honeymoon bill as a gift to her new husband.

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Williams was on GMA promoting her new HBO docs-series, Being Serena. The mom of 7-month-old Olympia, hopes her daughter will watch when she’s older.

“When I was younger my dad always shot video of myself and our whole family,” she recalled. “I wanted to do the same thing for Olympia. And I wanted to start with, you know, her in my belly.” The program will show fans a new side of Williams, where she is being completely herself at home. 

“When I’m on the court, that’s not necessarily me,” she explained. “That’s just my tennis two hours of the day.”

Being Serena premieres on HBO on May 2 at 10 p.m.

See photos from the star-studded "Being Serena" premiere:

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Serena Williams attends the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams (L) and sister Venus Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Gigi Hadid, Serena Williams and Bella Hadid attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Co-Founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Venus Williams attends the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid attends the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bella Hadid attends the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams (L) and sister Venus Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Co-Founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Gigi Hadid, Serena Williams and Bella Hadid attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the HBO New York Premiere of 'Being Serena' at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Vera Wang attends the 'Being Serena' New York Premiere at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Gigi Hadid attends the 'Being Serena' New York Premiere at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
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