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

Serena Williams features a thing or two in common with her friend, Meghan Markle. 

The 36-year-old tennis pro relives her November wedding to Alexis Ohanian on Wednesday’s episode of Being Serena, along with opens up about one not-so-glamorous part of the day: her father along with longtime coach, Richard Williams, dropping out of her wedding just one hour before the ceremony was supposed to start. 

“He was in completely new Orleans, he had a suit, along with I know he was actually excited,” Serena said within the episode. “yet then he wrote me along with said: Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, yet I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous.”

The completely new mom explained in which she wrote back saying, “Daddy, the idea’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, in which’s okay too. I’m not going to be upset with you about the idea, so I don’t want you to be upset about the idea.” 

“Maybe a lot of daughters wouldn’t react the same way, yet I know the struggles he’s had these last few years. His health can be better right now, yet I know he still doesn’t feel like himself, doesn’t feel like he’s perfect. along with if he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand,” Serena shared. “Look, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him. I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him. I don’t think a lot of him could have anyway. Our family knows what we have. We just want each different to be happy. in which’s what matters. I don’t think anything could ever change in which.”

The athlete was instead walked herself down the aisle to “How Far I’ll Go” by Moana. 

Markle’s father, Thomas, revealed on Wednesday in which he might be unable to walk his daughter down the aisle after suffering a heart attack last week. The news came after Thomas made headlines after reportedly arranging to take paparazzi photos of himself using a photographer. 

ET recently spoke with Serena, who couldn’t stop gushing about Markle’s upcoming wedding. Watch below. 

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

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