After a commanding straight set win in Round 1 of the 2020 Australian Open, 23-time grand slam tennis champion Serena Williams had no trouble maintaining that intensity, as she full-on roasted a reporter during the post-match press conference.
The exchange occurred when the journalist/victim asked Serena to share her thoughts regarding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's recent decision to partially step back from their duties as "Senior Members" of England's royal family.
She began with pure stoicism.
"Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that."
And after a brief pause, to a wave of hushed laughter across the room, she hit the reporter with some lighthearted condescension, grinning the entire time.
"But good try, good try, you did good."
See the live exchange below.
#SerenaWilliams shuts down question about royal drama surrounding #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle: "Good Try" https://t.co/F9XTcTdFn8— ET Canada (@ET Canada)1579528709.0
Several Twitter users had only good things to say about the exchange.
@people Serena: Good try https://t.co/BoBkaRAZpS— Scooter Phoenix (@Scooter Phoenix)1579536888.0
@LellyNai IKR. She's a world class athlete and that's what he asks.— Una (@Una)1579575259.0
Some offered some more general thoughts about what fruits may come from the ongoing friendship between Williams & Markle.
odds meghan markle has a group chat with serena williams and beyonce where they clown kate middleton. id say 100— Steadman™ (@Steadman™)1579374021.0
The reporter evidently hoped to gain some info by tapping into the private convos Serena and Meghan likely have. The two, after all, have been friends for 10 years now, ever since meeting at a Super Bowl party back in 2010.
"Taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing and chatting not about tennis or acting but about good old fashioned girly stuff."
Williams and her husband—and founder of Reddit—Alexis Ohanian even attended the royal wedding in 2018.
Serena Williams - with husband Alexis Ohanian - is the latest star to be spotted at St George's Chapel in Windsor… https://t.co/3VTXHD4JQY— ITV News (@ITV News)1526723983.0
And Markle returned the loyalty, taking a last-minute, commercial flight to Williams' match at the 2019 U.S. Open in New York City.
duchess meghan, venus williams, and anna wintour, all sat in serena's player's box. legends, only. 👑✨ #usopen https://t.co/phA9a6sGOy— maybe: diane (@maybe: diane)1567888624.0
With Meghan and Harry's new life decision, it's difficult to predict whether we'll see more or less Serena-Meghan content in the months and years to come. If it does happen, it'll undoubtedly be hard to miss, as those ladies appear to have captured some hearts along the way.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child on Monday, May 6 and just two days after, revealed that they'd chosen the name "Archie" for the baby.
However, "Archie" may have come from months before in a funny little interaction between Prince George, Prince William and Kate Middleton's son.
The Sun reported that the little Prince straight up lied to a dog-walker about his name when asking to pet one of her dogs, saying:
"I'm called Archie."
Archie - wonder if Prince George had a hand in this 😉 “I'm called Archie!' Playful Prince George reveals his nickna… https://t.co/ZdzWKNSwGW— Ben O'Hara-Byrne (@Ben O'Hara-Byrne)1557330357.0
@Ben_oharabyrne Did the bookies even have odds on Archie? Seems a bit plebeian.— David L. Hutchinson (@David L. Hutchinson)1557333744.0
@Ben_oharabyrne Love the comic book reference to the world's most famous red head 😍😍😍— LRob (@LRob)1557341510.0
@Ben_oharabyrne Like the name congratulations and God bless on your new little angel— 1 347-524-3064 (@1 347-524-3064)1557332321.0
@Ben_oharabyrne I heard faint weeping and money dropping all over the world when they announced Baby Sussex's name.… https://t.co/Fz9BJNhe1O— Melody Logan (@Melody Logan)1557337749.0
Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the full name of Duchess Meghan and Duke Harry of Sussex's child, could have very well gotten his first name from George's odd lie.
Or from another famous source:
Riverdale | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com
Which is a popular theory amongst denizens of the internet.
@Ben_oharabyrne Once he gets to school, his best friend will be Jughead.— JM =^) (@JM =^))1557332433.0
@Ben_oharabyrne I hope this Archie stays with Veronica.— ᴉɹɥɐɯ 🐝 splouʎǝɹ (@ᴉɹɥɐɯ 🐝 splouʎǝɹ)1557333087.0
@Ben_oharabyrne https://t.co/fIE7ROcj9B— moon love 🌛🌝🌜 (@moon love 🌛🌝🌜)1557345683.0
Let's all just respect the power move of a ginger prince naming his son Archie. https://t.co/K3V3n5M7Me— Heidi N. Moore (@Heidi N. Moore)1557331237.0
So......Prince Harry (w/ ginger hair) and Duchess Meghan (w/ freckles) named their son Archie. I just don’t underst… https://t.co/WBMeeT9DNf— Kate Chastain (@Kate Chastain)1557345608.0
But of course, now is the time to be happy for Meghan and Harry on their new baby boy.
Our royal baby... Prince Archie 👑 https://t.co/ZcrxFa6J8a— Mike Christian (@Mike Christian)1557375473.0
Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on his first day of Kindergarten https://t.co/tV3OjT96rN— Travis Keys (@Travis Keys)1557332582.0
If Diana can be called Princess Diana, Archie will be called Prince Archie https://t.co/rOMuj3Q4HM— A R I A (@A R I A)1557333346.0
Disney Gifts Hand-Drawn Animation to Prince Archie https://t.co/w9Hv4jyBQN https://t.co/5eyyoeWUSh— The Mouse and his Pals (@The Mouse and his Pals)1557594093.0
Me to Prince Archie Harrison😂 https://t.co/xuiVByBqBy— Hanii (@Hanii)1557334775.0
As of right now, he is not "Prince" Archie, but will automatically assume the title if and when his grandfather, Prince Charles, becomes king.
Ladies and germs, the wait is over.
After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their son into the world on Monday, we finally have a name.
World, meet Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Even better, we are finally getting see pictures of the newborn two days after being born.
The Duke and Duchess have chosen to keep their plans surrounding the birth of their son private, and now the proud parents are having their first official family pictures taken on the grounds of Windsor.
Check out the gorgeous photos, courtesy of the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were photographed earlier today with their newborn son at Windsor Castle. The baby h… https://t.co/0YKllgUiVJ— The Royal Family (@The Royal Family)1557330655.0
The name is short for Archibald, which is composed of Germanic elements erchan (meaning "genuine" and "precious") and bald ("bold.")
Archies around the world must be proud to share their namesake with Baby Sussex.
Twitter pounced at the opportunity to have some fun with the newly announced name and teased the royal baby with a reference from the CW TV show, Riverdale.
Archiekins!— Netflix US (@Netflix US)1557330559.0
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, First of His Name, Earl of Riverdale. https://t.co/JgqlBE3p4k— Carlos (@Carlos)1557333689.0
Fits right in #Riverdale #babysussex https://t.co/4HZ835kF31— JanksMarc (@JanksMarc)1557333154.0
Best. Crossover. Ever. #Riverdale goes ROYAL. Congrats to the Meghan and Harry #archie! ❤️ 👶🏻 🍼 ❤️ https://t.co/sNoQInhMNg— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@RobertoAguirreSacasa)1557335836.0
Archie Harrison, Duke of Riverdale, Gargoyle King.— 🦋 Kel Fitzgerald 💋 (@🦋 Kel Fitzgerald 💋)1557330795.0
Of course, we can't forget the original comics on which the teen drama series is based. Archie Comics announced their glee in two words.
i'm baby— Archie Comics (@Archie Comics)1557331178.0
Let's all just respect the power move of a ginger prince naming his son Archie. https://t.co/K3V3n5M7Me— Heidi N. Moore (@Heidi N. Moore)1557331237.0
@ArchieComics Watch your name explode to the Top 25 “most popular baby boy name” list after many decades of obscurity.— Jono (@Jono)1557332296.0
@closer2fine A long tradition of gingers! 😂— Lauren Milberger (@Lauren Milberger)1557334793.0
Riverdale diehards always root for the underdog.
If Harry and Meghan really wanted to unify the UK and US, they should have named the baby Jughead.— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1557332420.0
@ArchieComics Do you feel baby that Archie stole Jughead's crown?— Cameron Williams (@Cameron Williams)1557333153.0
Someone’s a Riverdale fan. But why pick Archie over Jughead?? I think Jughead Mountbatten-Windsor would have been… https://t.co/n0e1kXZrxy— ForestWitch 🦉❄️🌛 (@ForestWitch 🦉❄️🌛)1557331286.0
Riverdale's reach is powerful.
@TheRealClosgolf confirmed Megan watches Archie on the CW— SnuggleBunz_TV🌈 (@SnuggleBunz_TV🌈)1557335370.0
wow Riverdale's impact !! #MasterArchie https://t.co/MHYkQwg14I— Kristin Harris (@Kristin Harris)1557332257.0
@moorehn So now they're sorted for the next offspring. Prince Jughead Princess Betty or Veronica😂😂😂— karin (@karin)1557345351.0
But the show's influence across the pond proved inferior to that of the Queen's.
BREAKING NEWS: Queen bans and cancels Netflixs subscription at Buckingham Palace. After Meghans repeated viewing of… https://t.co/cU0STO1KMC— Scott H (@Scott H)1557331129.0
The photo opp is a break from tradition, as Prince William and Kate previously introduced Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis from the steps of St. Mary's Hospital hours after their births.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also deviated from another tradition, with the 37-year-old royal giving birth in Windsor, where the couple reside at Frogmore Cottage.
Archie, additionally known as is seventh in the line of succession after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Harry.
We still think you're All in the Family, Archie Bunker.
@RoyalFamily https://t.co/j5U1hCZvJS— Michelle Philippi (@Michelle Philippi)1557330998.0
The world is pleased to make your acquaintance, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Prince William proved he makes a worthy uncle when he congratulated his brother on becoming a father.
Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed their son into the world at 5:26 a.m. on Monday, weighing 7 lbs and 3 ounces.
*UPDATE* The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed the name of their first child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. See the end of this article for the official announcement.
Both mother and son are well and recovering at their home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, accompanied by Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, who flew in from Los Angeles.
The Duke of Cambridge commented on the birth of his nephew, saying:
"Obviously thrilled, absolutely thrilled, and obviously looking forward to seeing them in the next few days when things have quietened down."
"I'm very pleased and glad to welcome my own brother into the sleep deprivation society that is parenting."
Watch his comments here.
Prince William says he's "very pleased to welcome his brother to the sleep deprivation society that is parenting".… https://t.co/KjTCpLpJAR— Sky News (@Sky News)1557237707.0
Th Duke of Cambridge gave the dad joke a royal treatment, but Twitter roasted him for his effort.
@SkyNews Lol we all know they have nannies 24/7— Jonathan (@Jonathan)1557238003.0
@SkyNews Yeah then straight back to sleep when they have pressed the buzzer for nanny to sort it out ! Bless em— alan quincey (@alan quincey)1557237988.0
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, added:
"As William said, we're looking forward to meeting him and finding out what his name's going to be so so it's really exciting for both of them and we wish them all the best."
The potential future queen consort left the jokes to William and cut right to the chase by wishing the new parents the best.
"These next few weeks are always a bit daunting the first time round so we wish them all the best."
@emynash @BritishRoyalF They have 3 children, are wonderful parents, love children and do not create grudges, are n… https://t.co/bCyZfBlzta— Isabel.C.Martins (@Isabel.C.Martins)1557248717.0
When asked if William had any sage advice for his younger brother, the father of three–Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 12 months–said:
"Plenty of advice, plenty of advice, but no, I wish him all the best and I hope the next few days they can settle down and enjoy having a newborn in their family and the joys that come with that."
Elsewhere on the thread, one user pointed out that the Princes' mother would be proud.
@KensingtonRoyal From being little ones to both having little ones of their own. Diana would be so proud of these t… https://t.co/8jdadVGdcd— Kate Middleton Fans (@Kate Middleton Fans)1557240092.0
@RoyallyKate @KensingtonRoyal She definitely would be...No two sons could honor their mother more than these two have— Bobbie (@Bobbie)1557249249.0
@RoyallyKate @KensingtonRoyal Been thinking of her a lot too. She would have been proud of her boys.— Tess (@Tess)1557254471.0
Buckingham Palace did not release details of the exact location of where Baby Sussex was born, but it is believed the Duchess of Sussex gave birth in a private London hospital.
The royal baby is seventh in the line of succession after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince Harry.
Prince Harry told reporters that he and the new mother are still thinking of names, but the boy is already entitled to a title.
He will be known as the Earl of Dumbarton, the secondary Sussex title, as the eldest son who will eventually inherit the dukedom. And should the boy's great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, so choose, he could be made a prince.
Kate Middleton revealed that she and Prince William, just like the rest of us, are still waiting to learn the name… https://t.co/ppcrRdGqQt— The Cut (@The Cut)1557241084.0
The public will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Baby Sussex when the Duke and Duchess present him to the public, scheduled for Wednesday.
You can relive the magic of Harry & Meghan: A Modern Royal Romance and Wedding available here.
The child's name was announced in a post on the official Twitter account on Wednesday.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were introduced to the newborn son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex at Windsor C… https://t.co/VEGnw3Z5JX— The Royal Family (@The Royal Family)1557330239.0
The royal baby has officially arrived on May 5, and the world is bubbling with joy over the symbolic birth that bridges two countries together.
Meghan Markle went into labor on Sunday with Prince Harry by her side, and the Duchess was speculated to have been induced, according to Huffington Post.
The Duke and the Duchess welcomed their first child, a son, weighing 7 lbs and 3 ounces.
He was born a week past the expected due date.
Mother and child are doing well and are accompanied by the Duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, at Frogmore Cottage.
The royal couple had recently moved from their two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, London, to the renovated cottage in Windsor just in time for the arrival of the baby.
Buckingham Palace has announced the Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a baby son weighing 7lbs 3oz and mother and child are doing well— Sky News Breaking (@Sky News Breaking)1557150066.0
Most of the Royal Family has been notified.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,… https://t.co/940m7CnlFY— The Royal Family (@The Royal Family)1557150503.0
The Duke of Sussex is overjoyed. He told reporters he was "absolutely thrilled" and thanked everyone for their support during the pregnancy.
Prince Harry also said that both he and the Duchess are still thinking about the boy's name.
The Duke of Sussex announces his wife has given birth to a baby boy. Follow the latest on the #royalbaby here:… https://t.co/udKnOiclo9— Sky News (@Sky News)1557150303.0
@SkyNews Absolutely love the fact that he came out and announced it personally, what a way to break with tradition… https://t.co/Ms4qtKzvtR— Sue 🐝 (@Sue 🐝)1557151026.0
@suzie_wong_86 @SkyNews He was such a sweetheart about it, so grounded. One that has gone with his heart, he’s tryi… https://t.co/AumIRDA9lk— Einzelgänger 🇪🇺🇬🇧 (@Einzelgänger 🇪🇺🇬🇧)1557151450.0
Plans for the arrival of the baby were planned in secrecy after the royal couple announced on October 15 that Markle was expecting.
Royal fans will see pictures of the newborn that will be taken on the grounds of Windsor Castle after the new family spends time celebrating privately.
We aren’t expecting to get the 1st photo of the baby for another day or two. Harry, Meghan & the little cutie will… https://t.co/8s0J6wh8IP— Gert's Royals (@Gert's Royals)1557149037.0
The photo opp will be a break in royal tradition in contrast to when Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, posed with their newborn from the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, Paddington.
@Gertsroyals Love that they’re doing this and not in the steps a few hours after mother has given birth! I’m sure s… https://t.co/bcGRYuroXU— Laura (@Laura)1557151512.0
The baby is one of the first ever biracial heirs in the British royal family.
PEOPLE noted that "Queen Charlotte in the 1800s was believed to be of mixed race and went on to have 15 children."
The Sussex's son is the seventh in the line of succession after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Harry.
The boy will be known as the Earl of Dumbarton, the secondary Sussex title, as the eldest son who will eventually inherit the dukedom.
@SkyNews so happy for them :) the press have made life so hard for Megan i love the fact they are doing things ther… https://t.co/yywlfHQGVQ— ⚽GemDCFC⚽ (@⚽GemDCFC⚽)1557150489.0
@SkyNews Such a proud daddy and husband! So glad they had this special time together. Can‘t wait for 2 days to see his cute face!!— HappyandHealthy (@HappyandHealthy)1557150880.0
@SkyNews He couldn’t looK any happier and clearly very proud of his wife - beautiful announcement 💙— Susan Hunt (@Susan Hunt)1557151151.0
@SkyNewsBreak Wonderful news, congratulations to Meghan and Harry.— SAM 🇬🇧🇪🇺🇦🇹❄️ (@SAM 🇬🇧🇪🇺🇦🇹❄️)1557150285.0
When asked about what he was feeling, Prince Harry told reporters:
"I haven't been at many births. This is definitely my first birth. It was amazing, absolutely incredible, and, as I said, I'm so incredibly proud of my wife."
"As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I'm just over the moon."
We look forward to discovering the name of the new royal baby.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!