Serena Williams: Duchess Meghan’s baby shower took a 'lot of effort'

Tennis legend Serena Williams knows a thing or two about exertion, so when she says planning Duchess Meghan’s baby shower took “a lot of effort,” we know she’s not exaggerating.

Williams, 37, is a longtime friend of the 37-year-old duchess — who’s expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry — and cohosted Meghan’s shower at the Mark Hotel in New York City in February.

“Planning something like that takes a lot of effort,” she said in a new interview with Business of Fashion. “I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect.’”

Williams commented on Meghan’s segue into motherhood earlier this month, as well, telling E! News that the former Suits star will “be the best mom, for sure.”

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney leaves The Mark Hotel after attending Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney leaves The Mark Hotel after attending Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney is seen on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney arrives to The Carlyle after attending Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gayle King arrives at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jessica Mulroney is seen arriving at the mark hotel on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Misha Nonoo arrive at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Guest arrive at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Abigail Spencer arrives at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gifts arrive at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gifts carried by Amal Clooney's security arrive at Meghan Markle's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney is seen arriving at The Mark Hotel on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
New York police officers and members of the press stand outside The Mark Hotel during Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gayle King arrives for the baby shower for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at The Mark Hotel Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20:Gayle King is seen arriving at the mark hotel on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Gayle King arrives to The Mark Hotel for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: A general view of atmosphere outside Meghan, Duchess of Sussex baby shower at The Mark Hotel in the Upper East Side on February 19, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
Jessica Mulroney arrives for the baby shower for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the Mark Hotel Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Amal Clooney is seen arriving at The Mark Hotel on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
Jessica Mulroney arrives for the baby shower for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the Mark Hotel Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Jessica Mulroney arrives to The Mark Hotel for Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's baby shower on February 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - February 20: Guest arrives at Meghan Duchess of Sussex Baby Shower at The Mark in New York City n February 20 , 2019. Credit: RW/MediaPunch /IPX
NEW YORK, NY - February 20: Guest arrives at Meghan Duchess of Sussex Baby Shower at The Mark in New York City n February 20 , 2019. Credit: RW/MediaPunch /IPX
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The four-time Olympic gold medalist might have also revealed the sex of the royal baby in the same interview when she gave parenting tips and mentioned a pregnant friend who is expecting a baby girl.

“Accept mistakes and don’t expect to be perfect,” Williams advised. “We put so much pressure on ourselves. My friend is pregnant, and she was like, ‘My kid’s gonna do this,’ [and] I just looked at her, like, ‘No, she’s not.’ I’m like, ‘No, you’re not.’ And she started laughing. … She was like, ‘I need to talk to you about tips.’”

The Wimbledon champion certainly has expertise on the topic of motherhood: She and husband Alexis Ohanian are raising 19-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia.

“I had all those high expectations, and then I had what I was going to do, I was gonna recover and I was gonna be great. And this is a time that everything is not going to go as planned,” she told the outlet. “My whole life is so planned, and this is the one time where it wasn’t. You just gotta go with the flow.”

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle's friend, US tennis player Serena Williams (L) and her husband US entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian (R) arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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