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Serena Williams Shuts Down Reporter Who Tried To Get Her To Comment On Meghan Markle

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By Clark Sparky

Serena Williams is currently competing in the Australian Open, but it seems one reporter was more interested in getting her thoughts on Meghan Markle than her play on the court.

Williams and Markle are close friends, so the reporter asked the tennis star her thoughts on Markle and Prince Harry's recent decision to step down as senior royals.

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"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," the reporter said. "What are your feelings about that? Have you spoken to her?"

But Serena wasn't having any of it. "I have absolutely no comments on anything with that," she quipped back. "But good try. You tried. You did good." has more details on their friendship:

Williams and Markle met a charity event a few years ago. They became such good friends that Williams and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, attended the former actor's wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. Williams also co-hosted a baby shower for Markle in New York last year.

In turn, Markle has watched Williams on the tennis court. She was seen when Williams was competing in Wimbledon last year and she was also in New York when Williams was competing in the U.S. Open a few months later.

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The royal couple made the surprising announcement earlier this month that they are stepping down from many of their royal roles to become financially independent and split time between the UK and North America.

"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution," the couple announced. "We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment."

"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages," the statement continued. "This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support."

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