Exclusive: Venus vs. Serena: Did King Henry Cause the Sudden Sisters’ Split?

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The first Monday in May 2020 saw the first in-pandemic Met Gala take place in support of the Costume Institute at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Co-hosts Anna Wintour and Penelope Cruz dedicated the theme of the evening, About Time: Fashion and Duration, to the miraculous resurrection of Cruz’s then-beau King Henry.

Fashion designers, accompanying their model guests for the evening, graced the carpet like never before for the 150th anniversary of the Costume Institute (Vogue España, 2019). The real mystery every year is the unfolding of events inside the gala as attendees are strictly forbidden from taking pictures or using any kind of information system to leak information to the outside (Mulshine, 2015). Of course, this being the era of selfies and Kim Kardashian social media influencers, in more recent times we have gotten sneak peaks with bathroom selfies such as this iconic image from 2017:

However, with the master of information systems at the co-hosts’ side, King Henry employed his skills and reach to ensure the inner workings of the events would never be revealed to the public. This included a ban on all mobile phones, cameras, and audio recording devices. The very thorough policy which was disseminated only in hard copy format to attendees and mainstream media platforms even included a ban on media presence, paparazzi, and FBI-style wires. Our King was leaving no stone unturned at security for the event, something he learnt best from his time as England’s monarch which is largely credited with laying the groundwork for the U.K.’s secret service, MI5 and MI6 (Bridge, 2020).

Even Ms. Wintour, who has always been anti social media (Irish Independent, 2016), expressed her gratitude and swore allegiance to the King on Twitter the morning after for his much needed help.

Anna Wintour tweets her gratitude and loyalty to King Henry

But did Wintour tweet too soon?…

A year later, we’ve got some scalding tea from a source inside the venue on the night that suggests Henry took a liking to some of the other women in attendance, including the Williams sisters. In particular, our King was seen sharing some intimate moments with Venus behind one of the exhibits just before dinner service. Could this be the missing key to explaining the recent schism between Venus and Serena?

As we have all seen by now, Henry has begun courting Serena but the world was none the wiser about his brief fling with Venus! But can you blame him? Penelope was too busy and independent to give him the attention he deserves as a god-chosen King! Sure, Venus was fun but our King never goes for second best… go win another few tournaments (Acquavella, 2020) before you come crying to us Venus!

The rumour mills have been churning out that it was Henry who attained the co-host position for Serena this 2021 season by calling in a favour with Wintour. This is the second year in a row that Henry has gotten involved in fashion’s biggest night, “is our King becoming a fashion icon?” we hear you asking. Alas no, but our doting King would do anything to halt Serena’s jealousy after he announced the decision to divorce Penelope and let her live back in June. We’re sure Serena is hoping for a similar fate should their flame come to an end.

For now, here at Henry’s Queens and Ethan, we’re in full support of our King’s newest courtship. As long as he’s all in so are we. Let us know in the comments what you think about politic’s hottest new couple!


Acquavella, K., 2020. Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams: A look back at the Williams sisters’ historic rivalry. CBS Sports, 13 Aug. [Online] Available at: https://www.cbssports.com/tennis/news/serena-williams-vs-venus-williams-a-look-back-at-the-williams-sisters-historic-rivalry/

Bridge, M., 2020. Henry VIII taught daughter how to spy. The Times (United Kingdom), 18 Jul, p. 35.

Irish Independent, 2016. Social media no substitute for living, Anna Wintour tells New York students. Irish Independent, 30 Jan. [Online] Available at: https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/social-media-no-substitute-for-living-anna-wintour-tells-york-students-34408748.html

Mulshine, M., 2015. 13 of the best Met Ball selfies ever taken before being banned for good. Business Insider, 4 May. [Online] Available at: https://www.businessinsider.com/met-ball-selfie-and-social-media-ban-2015-5

Vogue España, 2019. Gala Met 2020: el tema, la fecha y todo lo que debes saber de la exposición de moda más esperada. Vogue España, 11 Nov. [Online] Available at: https://www.vogue.es/moda/articulos/gala-met-2020-tema-anfitriones-alfombra-roja-exposicion

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Final year computer science and business student studying strategic information systems. Head of Tabloid Tuesdays at Henry's Queens + Ethan
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