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Meghan Markle jets out to New York to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the US open... but fl

The Duchess of Sussex flew on a commercial plane to New York today to watch her friend Serena Williams play in the final of the US Open.

Meghan is believed to be flying solo across the Atlantic - leaving Harry and their four-month-old son Archie in Windsor - although a security team is said to be with her.

The royal is likely to have flown first class for her two-day trip to the US to watch the match, just days after her husband spoke out about sustainable travel at an environmentally-friendly tourism event in Amsterdam.

And last month he is understood to have given a passionate barefoot speech about saving the planet at Google's £16million climate change summit in Sicily.

Meghan's journey to New York and back is expected to generate 986kg of carbon dioxide.

She will cheer on Williams, 37, against Bianca Andreescu in Queens tomorrow as the former world number one again tries to equal the all-time grand slam record.

The Duchess, who also watched Williams at Wimbledon in July, flew out following the row over the eco-warrior couple taking four trips by private jet in 11 days last month.

Meghan stayed up to watch the semi-final, which ended at 1.30am today UK time, and is thought to have boarded a flight in London at about 8.30am this morning.

Prince Harry and Meghan are pictured stepping on board a private jet at Nice Airport on August 17 after spending time with Sir Elton John at his mansion on the French Riviera

Meghan is expected to return to Britain on Sunday. A source told The Times: 'It is a last-minute trip. Excited to support her friend, and then come back.'

She is said to have been thinking about travelling across the Atlantic to attend the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium since Williams won her quarter-final on Wednesday.

This is Meghan's first trip to New York since her baby shower in February when she partied for five nights at a £57,000-a-night penthouse with her celebrity friends.

The party, which caused disquiet in Britain due to its eye-watering estimated total bill of £330,000, was hosted by Williams and her long-standing friend Jessica Mulroney.

Meghan flew to and from the US on that occasion on a private jet with her close friend Amal Clooney, who paid for the 13-hour round trip which cost £13,277 an hour.

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My view: I don't get why she left her 4-month-old son at home to fly to New York for two days, to watch tennis. Meghan Markle should have stayed at home, because each time she goes to support her friend Serena Williams in the final, she doesn't win. I hope Serena win the match tomorrow.

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