Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton arrive at Wimbledon in first joint outing

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have arrived at Wimbledon in their first joint public appearance.

The Duchess of Sussex will watch her close friend Serena Williams play in a tenth Wimbledon singles final.

Meghan, accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge, met some of the Championships’ ball boys and ball girls, and junior players.

On their first engagement together, without their husbands, Kate and Meghan will also meet former Wimbledon Ladies Champions at a lunch before the final starts.

After her semi-final win on Thursday, Williams hailed her "wonderful" friendship with Meghan and said she was looking forward to her attending.

It comes exactly two months after the tennis star took a front-row seat at Meghan’s wedding to the Duke of Sussex in Windsor.

"We’ve always had a wonderful friendship," Williams told a post-match press conference.

"Every year, for a couple years, she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me.

"Now she’s supporting me in a different role. But our friendship is still exactly the same.

"We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot. I look forward to it."

The 36-year-old former champion will fight it out against Germany’s Angelique Kerber in a bid to win an eighth singles title.

Williams, who gave birth 10 months ago, is the first mother to reach the last round of the tournament since Australian Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

If she wins today, she will become the first to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Goolagong triumphed 38 years ago.

However the pair will first have to wait for the conclusion of the men’s semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, after play was suspended late on Friday night.

The Serbian and Spaniard only made it out on to Centre Court at 8pm, after Kevin Anderson and John Isner battled it out in the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history.

They played for six hours 35 minutes before Anderson triumphed 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-4 26-24.

Djokovic is leading two sets to one in his semi-final, which will begin at 1pm.

On Sunday, Kate and the Duke of Cambridge will watch the men’s singles final on Centre Court.

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