Why Serena Williams won’t give pal Duchess Meghan parenting advice — yet

Serena Williams is confident that Duchess Meghanis already the best mom to baby Archie — and doesn’t need her advice just yet.

“I never pass on words of wisdom because I feel like, everyone, when they have a kid, especially when you just have a baby, it’s so difficult to just be,” the 37-year-old tennis pro told the BBC about Meghan ahead of Williams’ first Wimbledon match on Monday, July 1. “It’s just like get through the first three, four months and then we can talk.”

Meghan welcomed her first child with husband Prince Harry on May 6. Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian, meanwhile, share 22-month-old daughter Olympia. The athlete said on Monday that she credits her child for changing her “perspective on a lot of things.”

“It also has changed me in terms of — I want to leave a legacy. I want to be this, you know, positive person for my daughter,” Williams said. “Everything I do, I want to do it for my daughter and I never, obviously, had that motivation before.”

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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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Williams is set to play her first match at the annual sporting event at the All England Club in London against Giulia Gatto-Monticone on Tuesday, July 2. Meghan, for her part, is expected to attend the tournament as a spectator.

“She’s very much looking forward to attending,” an insider told Us Weekly earlier this month.

Williams and Meghan have been friends since 2014. The four-time Olympic gold medalist attended the former Suits star’s wedding to Harry in May 2018.

Nearly a year later, she cohosted Meghan’s baby shower at the Mark Hotel in New York City in February.

“Planning something like that takes a lot of effort,” Williams told Business of Fashion during an April interview about the shower. “I’m a perfectionist, so I’m like, ‘Let’s make it perfect.’”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: In this handout image provided by The Invictus Games Foundation, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex join the Boston Red Sox in their Clubhouse and receive gifts for Archie ahead of their match against the New York Yankees at the London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The historic two-game "You Just Can’t Beat The Person Who Never Gives Up" series marks the sport’s first games ever played in Europe and The Invictus Games Foundation has been selected as the official charity of Mitel and MLB London Series 2019. (Photo by Handout/Chris Jackson/Invictus Games Foundation via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompany Invictus Games competitors on the field for the ceremonial first pitch before game one of the London Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompany Invictus Games competitors on the field for the ceremonial first pitch before game one of the London Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: In this handout image provided by The Invictus Games Foundation, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose with Invictus Games Competitors and players following the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees match at the London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The historic two-game "You Just Can’t Beat The Person Who Never Gives Up" series marks the sport’s first games ever played in Europe and The Invictus Games Foundation has been selected as the official charity of Mitel and MLB London Series 2019. (Photo by Handout/Chris Jackson/Invictus Games Foundation via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: In this handout image provided by The Invictus Games Foundation, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex join the New York Yankees in their Clubhouse and receive gifts for Archie ahead of their match against the Boston Red Sox at the London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The historic two-game "You Just Can’t Beat The Person Who Never Gives Up" series marks the sport’s first games ever played in Europe and The Invictus Games Foundation has been selected as the official charity of Mitel and MLB London Series 2019. (Photo by Handout/Chris Jackson/Invictus Games Foundation via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look on during the pre-game ceremonies before the MLB London Series game between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look on during the pre-game ceremonies before the MLB London Series game between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look on during the pre-game ceremonies before the MLB London Series game between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accompany Invictus Games competitors on the field for the ceremonial first pitch before game one of the London Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with the New York Yankees in the clubhouse prior to game one of the London Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Yankees manager Aaron Boone #17 of the New York Yankees presents Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex with a gift in the clubhouse prior to game one of the London Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch the first of a two-game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the field prior to the start of the first of a two-game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the field prior to the start of the first of a two-game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the field prior to the start of the first of a two-game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive on the field prior to the start of the first of a two-game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose with members of the Invictus Games Foundation and baseball players before the Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react as they are presented with gifts for her newborn son Archie, as they meet New York Yankees players ahead of their match against the Boston Red Sox at the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019, for the first of a two-game Baseball series in London. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Boston Red Sox players ahead of their match against the New York Yankees at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019, for the first of a two-game Baseball series in London. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to watch the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox play the first of a two-game Baseball series at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London on June 29, 2019. - As Major League Baseball prepares to make history in London, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Boston Red Sox coach Alex Cora are united in their desire to make the ground-breaking trip memorable on and off the field. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images)
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