The tennis superstar took to Instagram Sunday night to speak out following Oprah Winfrey’s explosive interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex:
“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.”
“Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life — and leads by example— with empathy and compassion,” the 39-year-old star wrote just before midnight after Monday’s CBS special.
“She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced,” she wrote of the sitdown.
“I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of color to minimize us, to break us down and demonize us,” she wrote.
Saying that we have an “obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip,” Williams insisted, “The mental health and consequences of systemic oppression and victimization are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.
“Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law,” Williams wrote.
Williams and Markle became fast friends after first meeting at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami. The duchess continued her high-profile support of the tennis star, including traveling to New York in 2019 to watch her in the US Open