Twenty four Grand Slam chasing Serena Williams parried questions about her close friend Meghan Markle on Monday at the ongoing Aussie Open in Melbourne.
The 37-year-old mother of one was questioned about the Harry, Duke of Sussex, 35, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, 38, after playing in her first match in which she defeated Russian Anastasia Potapova in straight sets 6-0 6-3.
The 23-Grand slam champion 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 and Meghan have become close friends after meeting at the Super Bowl Party in 2010 and the duo oiled the friendship 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.
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 she is going through, she sets time aside and that’s amazing.’