Meghan Markle’s close friend Serena Williams says she has ‘absolutely no comment’ on Megxit during tense exchange at the Australian Open
- Serena Williams, 37, refused to answer questions about Meghan Markle, 38,
- The tennis star is currently playing in the Australian Open in Melbourne
- Appeared uncomfortable during a press conference when asked about the royal
- Said she had ‘absolutely no comment’ about the Duke and Duchess’ recent news
- Harry, 35, and Meghan have stepped back from royal duties in shocking news
Meghan Markle’s close friend Serena Williams has said she has ‘absolutely no comments’ when asked about the royal’s recent decision to quit The Firm.
Serena, 37, was questioned about the Harry, Duke of Sussex, 35, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, 38, after playing in her first match in the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The tennis star appeared visibly uncomfortable when asked about the royal couple, folding her arms and stating: ‘I have absolutely no comments on that.’
Over the weekend it was announced that the Sussexes – who will split their time between Canada and Windsor – would no longer be using their HRH titles or perform royal duties.
Serena Williams, 37, said she had ‘absolutely no comments’ on close friend Meghan Markle’s, 38, recent decision to step back from royal duties
After winning against Russian Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-3 in the first round of the Grand Slam earlier today, Serena was asked her thoughts on the couple.
She was also quizzed on whether she had spoken to Meghan and Harry since their recent announcement.
Appearing uncomfortable, Serena folded her arms and shook her head briefly before speaking.
After saying she had ‘absolutely no comment’, she smiled and laughed: ‘But good try. You tried. You did good.’
The tennis star looked uncomfortable as she was questioned about the Sussexes’ recent shock announcement
The mother-of-one appeared visibly uncomfortable as she was questioned about Meghan and folded her arms while the reporter spoke
The tennis star has long been close to Meghan after meeting in 2010, and attended the royal wedding in May 2018 (pictured, with her husband Alexis Ohanian at the event)
The tennis star has long been close to Meghan, having met at a Super Bowl party in 2010.
The women’s friendship quickly evolved through frequent phone calls and texts.
After becoming Prince Harry’s girlfriend and then a Duchess, Markle leaned on Serena for mentoring on how to handle the paparazzi and the international media.
And last summer, Meghan watched Serena play at two matches during Wimbledon, before flying to the US to watch the tennis star in the US Open Tennis final.
Serena has previously spoken of her close friendship with the Duchess of Sussex, saying she was ‘always there’ for her (pictured, Meghan watching Serena play in the US Open Tennis Championships in August)
In November last year, she opened up about their close friendship, telling Access Hollywood that the Duchess of Sussex was ‘always’ there for her.
She said: ‘I call her, text her anytime, crying, she’s always there.
‘It doesn’t matter what shes going through, she sets time aside and that’s amazing.’
Serena’s comments come after it was announced Harry and Meghan will cease to be working members of the Royal Family (pictured, at Canada House in January)
Serena’s recent comments come after it was announced Meghan and Harry are due to split their time between London and Canada, where and Meghan’s mother Doria are predicted to be more actively involved in Archie’s upbringing.
Under the terms of the historic deal thrashed out at Sandringham yesterday, the pair, who will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will cease to be working members of the Royal Family from this spring and will not perform any official duties on behalf of the Queen – effectively leaving ‘The Firm’ completely.
The Sussexes will no longer be able to perform royal duties, as part of their deal to step down as senior royals.
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