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Serena Williams Explains Why Her Father Did not Stroll Her Down The Aisle

Serena Williams’ father texted her about an hour earlier than her wedding ceremony and advised her he couldn’t stroll her down the aisle, the tennis star revealed in Wednesday’s episode of the HBO docuseries “Being Serena.” 

“He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” Williams stated within the third episode of the collection, per Vogue. “But then he wrote me and said, ‘Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous.’”

Williams stated she knew the stress of the gang could be rather a lot for her father, Richard Williams, to deal with.

“‘Daddy, it’s OK, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s OK, too. I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it,’” Williams recalled telling him. 

She stated she didn’t get burdened in regards to the last-minute change of plans as a result of she understood her father in a manner others don’t.

“Maybe a lot of daughters wouldn’t react the same way, but I know the struggles he’s had these last few years,” she stated. “His health is better now, but I know he still doesn’t feel like himself, doesn’t feel like he’s perfect.” 

“Look, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him,” she added. “I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him. I don’t think a lot of him could have anyway. Our family knows what we have. We just want each other to be happy. That’s what matters. I don’t think anything could ever change that.”


The episode about Williams’ dialog together with her dad aired throughout a really public debate over whether or not Meghan Markle’s estranged father would attend her wedding ceremony to Prince Harry on Saturday. After a lot back-and-forth, Kensington Palace launched a press release Thursday saying he wouldn’t be there.

“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” Markle stated within the assertion. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”

Williams is on the board of advisers for Oath, HuffPost’s guardian firm.

The five-part “Being Serena” docuseries chronicles Williams’ journey via being pregnant, marriage and, after all, tennis historical past. Episodes can be found on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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