Serena Williams reveals why her dad dropped out of walking her down the aisle one hour before wedding

Serena Williams has a thing or two in common with her friend, Meghan Markle

The 36-year-old tennis pro relives her November wedding to Alexis Ohanian on Wednesday's episode of Being Serena, and opens up about one not-so-glamorous part of the day: her father and longtime coach, Richard Williams, dropping out of her wedding just one hour before the ceremony was supposed to start. 

"He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” Serena said in the episode. "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."

The new mom explained that she wrote back saying, "Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too. I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it." 

"Maybe a lot of daughters wouldn’t react the same way, but I know the struggles he’s had these last few years. His health is better now, but I know he still doesn’t feel like himself, doesn’t feel like he’s perfect. And if he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand," Serena shared. "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. That’s what matters. I don’t think anything could ever change that.”

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For the first dress When Anna Wintour asked me what I wanted to wear I said "a cape" I just want to wear a cape" she said: "well Sarah Burton with @alexandermcqueen is the one for you.” Thanks Anna. Thanks Sarah. I felt like a princess and superwoman all at once. 📸: @mistadubb @ericamelissa_
After tying the knot with @alexisohanian last night, @serenawilliams debuted her second dress of the evening, a dramatic beaded, feathered @versace_official moment that made her look like a fashion-forward superwoman. Tap the link our bio to see all the stunning photos. Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @allanzepedaphotography.
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@serenawilliams married @alexisohanian in a stunning Sarah Burton for @alexandermcqueen princess gown. Tap the link in our bio for more exclusive photos from the star-studded celebration. Photographed by @mistadubb and @ericamelissa_.
I love you both and I'm so incredibly proud of you! Welcome to the club! ❤😍❤😍❤😍❤😍❤😍❤
“You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport. I’m talking about as a mother, and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together.” Congratulations to @serenawilliams and @alexisohanian, who exchanged vows last night. Tap the link in our bio to see the exclusive first photos from their fairytale wedding in New Orleans. Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @allanzepedaphotography.
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@serenawilliams: You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport--I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together. And my whole life I didn’t even realize it, but I was waiting for this moment. And everything that I have done, everything that I am so proud of in my career, and in my life, for the last 34 years, pales in comparison to what we’re doing today. And I am so grateful, and I am so in love. 📸 @melbarlowandco @allanzepedaphotography
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Each one of my groomsmen is a best friend who also represents a different period of my life. Jon: childhood Huu: @uva Steve: @reddit Michael: my book & tour, Without Their Permission Garry: Initialized Capital To be rich with great friends is a privilege -- and it's no surprise that they all love my bride.
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Yaaaaaay!! So Happy! God is so Good! Love you @AlexisOhanian & @SerenaWilliams! Yallz Murrrred! 🙌🏽🥂💍❤️
Now i can say that i was at one of the most beautiful weddings ! That room was so filled with joy and love . Real Love with real folks. Congratulations to this amazing couple. Alex and Serena ❤️
Meet Michelle @merakimishell the amazing woman behind my incredible @nike Cortez shoes? Yes I wore them down the asile! Comfort for this bride! Thanks Michelle!!! 😍😍
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The athlete was instead walked herself down the aisle to "How Far I'll Go" from Moana. 

Markle's father, Thomas, revealed on Wednesday that he would be unable to walk his daughter down the aisle after suffering a heart attack last week. The news came after Thomas made headlines after reportedly arranging to take paparazzi photos of himself with a photographer. 

Being Serena airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. 

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MIAMI, FL - MARCH 19: Serena Williams is seen at the 2018 Miami Open Hard Rock Stadium Ground Breaking Ceremony at Hard Rock Stadium on March 19, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 12: Venus Williams and Serena Williams pose for a photo before their match against each other during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 12, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 10: Serena Williams ( USA ) hits a backhand the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on March 10, 2018, at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens in Indian Wells, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 08: Serena Williams leaves the court after defeating Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 8, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 5: Serena Williams of the United States in action during the Tie Break Tens Tennis Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2018 New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 5: Venus Williams of the United States and her sister Serena Williams of the United States during the Tie Break Tens Tennis Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2018 New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
LA QUINTA, CA - MARCH 06: Serena Williams attends 14th Annual Desert Smash Celebrity Tennis Event on March 6, 2018 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Kelly Howard)
LA QUINTA, CA - MARCH 06: Serena Williams attends 14th Annual Desert Smash Celebrity Tennis Event on March 6, 2018 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Kelly Howard)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her match against Shuai Zhang of China during the Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: The United States Women's Olympic hockey team poses with their gold medals and tennis champions Serena Williams anf Venus Williams during the Tie Break Tens at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ASHEVILLE, NC - FEBRUARY 11: Serena Williams of Team USA reacts after a shot to Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands during a doubles match in the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup at US Cellular Center on February 11, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shiro/Getty Images)
ASHEVILLE, NC - FEBRUARY 10: Serena Williams of Team USA, bottom left, along with her husband Alexis Ohanian and their daughter Alexis Olympia, center, watch the action during the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup at US Cellular Center on February 10, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo by Richard Shiro/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 30 : Serena Williams of United States in action during her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mahmoud Khaled/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 30 : Serena Williams of United States is seen after her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mahmoud Khaled/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 30: Serena Williams of United States smiles during her Ladies Final match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day three of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at International Tennis Centre Zayed Sports City on December 30, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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