Believe it or not, Meghan Markle is set to make her first post-maternity-leave royal appearance next Thursday—but she’s making the most of her free time until then.
Case in point? The 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex reportedly hopped on a last-minute commercial flight from London to New York so she could watch her close friend Serena Williams play in the U.S. Open Finals at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens on Saturday.
Markle opted to make the trip without husband Prince Harry and 4-month-old son Archie Mountbatten Windsor, who are expected to remain home at their Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
According to The Times, which broke the story, Markle will return home at the end of the weekend and prepare to get back for work. A source (remember to always take source quotes with a grain of salt) told the paper, “It is a last-minute trip,” noting that Markle is “excited to support her friend, and then come back.”