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Serena Williams falters again in search of Grand Slam record as Meghan Markle supports her friend in

Meghan Markle was the center of attention as she sat court side at the US Open final as her best friend lost the championship match on Saturday

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, went through a series of emotions as she cheered on the former world number one, 37, who could not dominate in her clash with Canadian Bianca Andreescu at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.

Andreescu shocked Williams and the world to beat the tennis legend with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Markle stood up to give her close friend a round of applause as Williams walked on to the court, and was sitting in the tennis star's box along with her husband, Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who is an avid fan of the game, and Serena's sister Venus Williams were seated behind the Duchess, who appeared enthralled as the action on court got underway.

Meghan went for an understated summer look, wearing a denim shirt-dress from the American fashion retailer J.Crew which retails for a modest $118. To complete the outfit, she wore a light grey cardigan coat over it along with a pair of aviator shades.

Andreescu shocked Williams and the world to beat the tennis legend with a 6-3, 7-5 victory

The Duchess' trip also comes as aides insisted that the Duchess and her husband Prince Harry were too busy working on charitable projects to join the Queen at Balmoral this weekend.

The Sussexes have been under fire for taking private flights after previously claiming they will have a maximum of two children to avoid damaging the environment.

Meghan flew from London Heathrow, leaving Prince Harry and their four-month-old son Archie in Windsor - although a security team is said to be with her.

She is thought to have either boarded the 8.25am flight or the 9am flight from Heathrow.

The 8.25am flight left more than 30 minutes behind schedule. It had been set to arrive in New York for 11.05am local time, but instead arrived at 12.22pm.

'It is a last-minute trip,' a source told The Times on Friday. 'Excited to support her friend, and then come back.'

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My view: Meghan Markle should stay away from Serena Williams' finals, she's just bad news/bad omen for Serena. MM left her 4-month-old son in the UK just to watch tennis match in New York, shows how obsessed she is with being in the news daily.

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