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Serena Williams Reveals Why Her Dad Dropped Out of Walking Her Down the Aisle One Hour Before Wedding

Serena Williams has a factor or two in frequent along with her buddy, Meghan Markle. 

The 36-year-old tennis professional relives her November wedding ceremony to Alexis Ohanian on Wednesday’s episode of Being Serena, and opens up about one not-so-glamorous half of the day: her father and longtime coach, Richard Williams, dropping out of her wedding ceremony only one hour earlier than the ceremony was supposed to begin. 

“He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” Serena said in the episode. “But then he wrote me and mentioned: Serena, I don’t need you to be mad at me, however I simply can’t stroll you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m simply too nervous.”

The new mother defined that she wrote again saying, “Daddy, it’s okay, if you happen to don’t wish to come to the wedding ceremony in any respect, that’s okay too. I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t need you to be upset about it.” 

“Maybe so much of daughters wouldn’t react the similar method, however I do know the struggles he’s had these previous few years. His well being is best now, however I do know he nonetheless doesn’t really feel like himself, doesn’t really feel like he’s excellent. And if he doesn’t wish to be up there in entrance of so much of individuals, I utterly perceive,” Serena shared. “Look, after we first got here on the scene, there have been so much of individuals who didn’t get him. I don’t suppose so much of them wished to get him. I don’t suppose so much of him may have anyway. Our household is aware of what we now have. We simply need one another to be pleased. That’s what issues. I don’t suppose something may ever change that.”

The athlete was as an alternative walked herself down the aisle to “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. 

Markle’s father, Thomas, revealed on Wednesday that he can be unable to stroll his daughter down the aisle after struggling a coronary heart assault final week. The information got here after Thomas made headlines after reportedly arranging to take paparazzi images of himself with a photographer. 

ET lately spoke with Serena, who could not cease gushing about Markle’s upcoming wedding ceremony. Watch beneath. 

Being Serena airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. 

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