KEY POINTS

  • Serena and Meghan are known to have a close bond
  • Serena has made it clear that she won't comment about Meghan-Harry's current situation
  • Serena has progressed into the second round at the ongoing Australian Open

Serena Williams gave a cheeky reply to the reporters when questioned about her royal friends Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Australian Open.

The former champion, who had already made it clear that she won’t speak about Markle and Harry to the media, was asked about the duo the moment she sat to address a press conference.

Harry recently announced that he was stepping back from his royal duties in an attempt to build a more peaceful life. It is understood that Markle has returned to Canada, where she is seen already enjoying a more normal life, walking her dogs with baby Archie in a pram. Harry is reportedly on his way to join his wife and kid after he made the emotional speech about his side of ‘Megxit’ earlier this week.

Serena and Markle have been friends for a while. The tennis superstar attended the royal wedding in 2018 and was also a part of the baby shower that was thrown for the Duchess of Sussex. Markle, on the other hand, was in the stands cheering for Serena at last year’s US Open final, which the veteran lost to Canada’s Bianca Andreescu.

During a recent press conference at the Australian Open, a reporter asked Serena, "Your good friend, Meghan Markle, who attended your last two slams, and Harry, have taken a move, a stance that many people think is extraordinary and historic. What are your feelings about that? Have you spoken to her?"

Serena, who looked unsurprised by the question, instantly replied, "Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that. But good try. You tried. You did good.” (smiles)

Serena, who is looking to win record-equaling 24th Grand Slam, kick-started her Australian Open campaign by winning the first round. She thrashed Russia’s Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-3 as she sealed the match, in which she notched 24 winners.

The 38-year-old legend is set to face another Russian, Tamara Zidanšek, in the second round in Melbourne on Wednesday.