ROYAL fans believe Meghan Markle brings “bad luck” and is a “distraction” for her friend Serena Williams after she watched from the sidelines for the third time as the tennis ace lost another big match.
The Duchess of Sussex looked on as Ms Williams was defeated by her Canadian opponent Bianca Andreescu by 6-3, 7-5, after travelling to New York on a commercial flight for her first overseas trip without baby Archie. Meghan’s last-minute flight from Heathrow came just weeks after she and Prince Harry faced a backlash over their use of private jets.
But royal watchers say instead of jetting across the pond on a first class ticket which is believed to have cost more than £6,000 she should have stayed home because Ms Williams was beaten in the US Open final.
One Twitter user said: “She always loses when Meghan shows up. I like her but she’s bad luck for Serena. She should stay away.”
Another said: “Meghan Markle – I love you girl but you need to leave. I feel like you are bad luck for Serena.”
Meghan jetted to New York to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the US Open final (Image: Andalou Agency )
Meghan watched the game alongside Ms Williams’ mother Oracene Price (Image: AFP/GETTY)
A third person said the mother-of-one’s presence at Flushing Meadows was “too much distraction for Serena” who failed to win her 24th Grand Slam final.
But others were quick to jump to Meghan’s defence, arguing that having a supporting friend on hand would not normally make an athlete perform worse.
One person said: “Presence of a person does not determine the results, the hard work of the player does!
Meghan booked a last-minute flight from Heathrow to New York to watch her pal on the court (Image: Andalou Agency)
“Meghan went there to support her friend, Serena did not lose because of her!”
Meghan, 38, was seen greeting Ms Williams’ mother Oracene Price at the US Open before taking her seat alongside Alexis Ohanian, the tennis star’s husband.
The loss came after Ms Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou was reportedly worried about Meghan attending the game at Arthur Ashe stadium.
Meghan watched the match alongside Ms Williams’ husband (Image: GC IMAGES)
Serena Williams lost to Bianca Andreescu by 6-3, 7-5 (Image: GETTY)
A source in the Williams camp told Page Six: “Serena asked her coach about Meghan coming when she won last night and everyone is worried, as tennis players are very superstitious, and Serena lost when Meghan came to watch her at Wimbledon.”
Meghan’s trip to the US comes after she watched her pal lose the Ladies Singles Final at Wimbledon this summer and she was also present at SW19 for Ms William’s defeat last year.
Prince Harry and Meghan faced a fierce backlash over using private jets this summer (Image: Express)
She is believed to have boarded a plane at Heathrow on Friday, accompanied by a security team, after staying up late on Thursday to watch Ms Williams beat Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals.
On September 23 Meghan, Harry and Archie will take part in their first overseas royal tour as a family-of-three when they travel to Southern Africa.
Meghan and Harry were criticised for using private jets to holiday this summer (Image: SIPA USA)
Source: EXPRESS CO UK