Meghan Markle on Serena Williams comparisons: ‘I’m not from Compton’

Meghan Markle has revealed that she was once confused with Serena Williams.

On the first episode of the Duchess of Sussex’s new podcast “Archetypes,” she discussed misleading media reports with her guest, the real Serena Williams.

Markle, 41, was newly engaged to Prince Harry, 37, in 2017, at which point reports circulated that the royal would be walking down the aisle with a bride “straight outta Compton,” California.

Meghan Markle joked that she was once confused with Serena Williams.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met on a blind date in 2016, were engaged in 2017 and wed in 2018.
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“This morning, I was saying to Harry: ‘Do you remember when they said, ‘Harry’s girl is straight outta Compton?’ I was like, ‘are they talking about Serena?’ Markle joked.

“I’m like, I’m not from Compton, I’ve never lived in Compton, my mom doesn’t live in Compton, but by the way, what’s wrong with Compton? My girl Serena’s from there,” she continued.

On the heels of her recent retirement announcement, the 40-year-old tennis star laughed at the mix-up, saying she’s “so proud” to be from Compton, and shared that there are other well-known celebrities from Compton, including Kevin Costner.

“Oh my gosh, that’s wild,” the “Suits” star responded.

“He even talks about it — isn’t it fascinating?” said Williams.

Meghan Markle interviewed Serena Williams on her new podcast "Archetypes."
Markle interviewed Serena Williams on her new podcast “Archetypes.”

Markle clarified that she did grow up in the Los Angeles area, but “I can’t claim Compton,” she said.

The two mainly discussed their thoughts around ambition—particularly being ambitious women, which was the main theme of the episode.

Markle also shared a wild story about how her son Archie’s bedroom caught fire while they were in the middle of a royal engagement during their 2019 South Africa tour.


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