Duke and Duchess of Sussex were reportedly involved in an hour-long “disastrous car chase” with the paparazzi. The event commemorates the tragic death of Prince Harry’s mother back in 1997.
Harry and Meghan feared for their lives in ‘hours-long car chase’ with paparazzi, says spokesperson
prince harry And meghan markleAlso Markle’s mother, Dorian Ragland, was reportedly followed by paparazzi on Tuesday night, according to Independent, The trio recently attended a charity awards ceremony put on by the Ms Foundation for Women in New York City, where Meghan was honored.
The event marked the first public sighting of the couple since the coronation of King Charles III.
According to a spokesman for the couple, the Duke and Duchess feared for their lives as six cars followed them and drove for “more than two hours”.
“Last night, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Ragland were involved in a disastrous car chase at the hands of a ring of overly aggressive paparazzi,” the statement confirmed.
The chase reportedly resulted in a confrontation between other drivers, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers.
Video taken before the alleged car chase shows the couple entering and exiting the venue surrounded by a crowd of photographers.
Meanwhile, pictures of Harry, Megan and her mother sitting in the back of a taxi have started surfacing on social media.
“(This is just) a small glimpse of the defenses and temptations needed to end the harassment,” a spokesperson for the couple said. “Being a public figure comes with a level of public interest, it should never come at the expense of anyone’s safety.”
The couple’s rep said that posting these images “encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous for all involved.”
NYPD, mayor, photo agency couple’s alleged taxi driver plays down incident
However, the NYPD, which provided a security escort, did not view the situation in the same way. The department described the incident with the paparazzi as “challenging” during the evening.
However, it added that “there were no collisions, summonses, injuries or arrests reported,” Independent Report.
Meanwhile, NYC Mayor Eric Adams described the photographers’ conduct as “reckless”. But, it was “hard to believe” that a two-hour speed chase could have taken place in the city’s notorious traffic jams.
Adams acknowledged that “even if it’s 10 minutes, a 10-minute chase is extremely dangerous in New York City.”
A man claiming to be their taxi driver told The Washington Post: “It was not like a car chase in a movie.”
Additionally, Backgrid USA, the photo agency accused of stalking the former royal couple, Tweeted A long statement refuting his allegations.
News Report From NYC Paparazzi Chase Reflects Tragic Death Of Harry’s Mother, Princess Diana
Harry’s sensitive reaction to the situation likely stems from the death of his mother, Princess Diana. He was killed in a high-speed chase in Paris in 1997 Independent Report.
The vehicle crashed after its driver tried to avoid the paparazzi Independent,
In fact, both Harry and Meghan moved to the United States in 2020 after stepping down from their royal roles.
The couple said they left the United Kingdom mainly because of intense media and tabloid harassment.