The Duchess arriving.
It marks Meghan's second appearance at the championships this year. She cheered on close friend Serena Williams on 4th July and returned today to see her compete for another singles title. The pair have been very close friends for years. Speaking about their friendship last week, Serena said: "She couldn’t be a better friend to me. Low moments, high moments, she’s always there, and that’s all I want to be to her."
Kate and Meghan were joined by Pippa Matthews, Kate's sister, in the Royal Box on Centre Court.
Serena Williams entered today's match knowing it could be a history-making day for her career. A win would have seen the American tennis star secure her 24th Grand Slam singles title, tying with Margaret Court, the only other player to have reached that number. Williams was also competing for her eighth Wimbledon singles title. On the other side of the court, Romanian player Simona Halep was ready to fight for her first singles title at the iconic tournament. After her French Open win in 2017, Halep has been striving for her next major victory. Ahead of the match she said: "I feel mentally strong. We will see what happens." Ahead of the final, Simona said she would love it if patron Kate attended the final.
Serena and Simona got straight into a fast paced game.
Last year, Kate and Meghan attended the women's final together for the first time. Kate had given birth to Louis less than three months previously, and it was just weeks after Harry and Meghan's wedding.
This year, Meghan is mom to two-month-old Archie. It's amazing how much can change in a year.
Enjoying the action in the first set.
An overview of Centre Court.
We saw some excellent shots of the trio chatting.
This is a great one of Meghan and Pippa. Meghan attended the evening reception of Pippa's wedding, and last year Pippa and her husband James Matthews attended the Sussexes' Windsor wedding.
Kate and Meghan talking during the match.
From the off, Halep took command of the game and displayed incredible tennis ability. She won in straight sets to secure her first Wimbledon title.
More from Wimbledon:
'History wastes no time listening to those who speak of what is likely to happen. History heeds only those who make it happen – and in the women’s final at Wimbledon 2019, Simona Halep wrote her own name large. The No.7 seed, whose name appeared on no one’s list of likely winners before The Championships began, became the first Romanian ever to win a Wimbledon title.
She stunned Serena Williams, the Centre Court crowd and almost everyone on Planet Tennis to triumph 6-2, 6-2 in just 55 minutes, with a display so resourceful, so near-flawless that there could be no answer.
Two-and-a-half long years after Williams secured her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open, this toweringly remarkable woman found she must wait still longer for the elusive 24th crown to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.
Twelve months ago Angelique Kerber defied her here; few could envisage Halep stonewalling Williams again on the same court – yet she did. In this battle of the former world No.1s, history was written, and history was denied; and the whole was utterly thrilling.'
Applause from Kate, Meghan and Pippa.
Undoubtedly, Meghan was disappointed for Serena...
A really lovely moment when Kate put her arm around Meghan. The pair watched Serena lose in the final last year and I'm sure it was difficult for Meghan as they are so close. Perhaps the duchesses will be on hand to watch her claim the title next year?
An overview before Simona and Serena left the court.
On Sussex Royal Instagram they wrote: "Today, The Duchess of Sussex accompanied The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) to the Ladies’ Singles Final. Congratulations to everyone who participated and helped make this such an iconic sporting event."
'Williams said that having Meghan’s support and friendship “is great,” telling reporters during her post-match press conference: “She’s such a great friend and a great person as well. And always positive, no matter what.”
The tennis star continued, “It’s so good to have people like that, just to know,” adding that Meghan, 37, is “such a fan of the sport.”
“She too is happy for Simona,” Williams said of Meghan, who she first met in 2010. “She saw that she played unbelievably, and that’s just the kind of person that she is.”
It was 'Wimbledon White' with a vibrant splash of blue for the Duchess today.
Meghan wore the very pretty Hugo Boss Vesplisa Printed Georgette Skirt. The £350 piece is described as: "Printed with an abstract blue and black pattern, the white Vesplisa skirt by Boss is a graphic take on this season’s key midi style. Sitting high at the waist, this georgette design falls through crisply lined pleats to a swishing midi hem."
Meghan's Fashion suggests the Duchess wore the crisp white Givenchy shirt from the Endeavour Awards.
Meghan carried a Stella McCartney handbag.
The Duchess wore her Le Specs Black Tort Bandwagon sunglasses.
And her Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings. The $395 earrings are described: "Jennifer Meyer's pieces are the perfect way to celebrate life events or mark important milestones. Handcrafted from polished 18-karat gold, these dainty earrings have a sleek rectangular shape that's inlaid with brilliant turquoise stones." They are available at Net-A-Porter.
visit Duchess Kate.
We'll see Harry and Meghan for The Lion King premiere tomorrow.