Mon. May 29th, 2023

A spokesman for the pair said that a "near catastrophic car chase" involving paparazzi featured Prince Harry, Meghan, and her mother.

Prince Harry and Meghan

After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday, the incident took place.

Their spokesperson issued a statement claiming that the "relentless pursuit" caused "multiple near collisions" and lasted for more than two hours.

There were neither arrests nor injuries, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).

All of the information has not been independently verified by BBC News. But Wednesday's day saw the development of accounts and information.

According to the NYPD, numerous photographers "made their transport challenging" and that an incident involving Harry and Meghan occurred.

The police stated that there were no reported injuries or arrests. Until now, Buckingham Palace has remained silent.

The entertainment photo agency Backgrid said in a statement that it was looking into the actions of a number of independent photographers, but that their initial accounts of the events were different from the Sussexes'.

The statement read, "The couple was not in immediate danger at any point, according to the photographers,"

According to reports, there were six automobiles involved in the chase, and the drivers engaged in reckless driving that included running red lights, driving on the sidewalk, making blocking maneuvers, and even reversing down a one-way street while still in motion.

At the occasion in New York City, Meghan arrived with her husband and mum to accept an honor.

According to BBC News, Harry and Meghan were staying at a friend's house and delayed their return to protect their security.

The pair made an attempt to flee the paparazzi by traveling to a police station in Manhattan with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.

A yellow cab was flagged down, and Harry, Meghan, Ms. Ragland, and a security guard inside after deciding to take a New York taxi.

When photographers noticed the car and its passengers, they resorted to their own security vehicles.

The four passengers were picked up by cab driver Sukhcharn Singh, also known as Sonny, on 67th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue, according to BBC News.

Prince Harry and his wife got into his cab after a security guard honked at him, the driver said.

"As we traveled a block, a garbage truck stopped us, and then all of a sudden, photographers appeared and began taking pictures. Just as they were about to reveal their intended destination, they instructed me to return to the precinct.

NYC Cab driver who picked up Prince Harry ,Meghan: Paparazzi "kept their distance"

They were described as "nice people" who "looked nervous" by him.

He stated that he did not believe the photographers were being "aggressive" and that he believed reports of a "near catastrophic chase" may have been overblown.

According to him, New York is the safest place to be because there are police stations and officers everywhere.

"[The paparazzi] were behind us, but they didn't approach too closely."

For the brief trip, the passengers paid $50 (£40), he continued. Mr. Singh's narrative covers just ten minutes of what the representative for the Sussexes characterized as a two-hour experience.

Contrary to Chris Sanchez, a member of the couple's security detail, who told CNN that the scene was "very chaotic" and that at one point, paparazzi stopped the vehicle transporting Harry and Meghan, the driver's judgment is different.

"The public were in jeopardy at several points," he claimed. It might have resulted in death.

The couple hires private security while they are in the US, but Harry and his family are in the middle of a legal dispute in London over whether they should hire Metropolitan Police protection while they are in the UK.

The Ms Foundation Women of Vision Awards ceremony they attended was Harry and Meghan's first public outing since the King Charles Coronation earlier this month.

Meghan and Prince Harry leaving the venue

At the occasion, LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, and Meghan each collected an award.

It "could have" resulted in two police officers being hurt, according to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who also said it "would be horrific to lose an innocent bystander during a chase like this."

In their statement, Prince Harry and Meghan never mentioned a high-speed chase. For more than two hours, it described a "relentless pursuit".

According to Duncan Larcombe, the author of Prince Harry: the Inside Story, "something has gone extremely wrong" with Harry and Meghan's protection in the US, according to BBC News.

For those who used to tend after Harry in the UK, "this will come as a huge surprise," he said. "Whether the paparazzi can still operate in this manner raises significant questions."

Princess Diana, the mother of Prince Harry, was murdered in a vehicle accident in Paris in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi.

Prince Harry described the paparazzi as "a pack of dogs" who relentlessly pursued his mother in an interview with the BBC for the documentary Diana, 7 Days.

Every time she left the house, a crowd would be waiting for her, he claimed. I'm talking about a group of dogs that followed her, barked at her, chased her, and harassed her in an effort to provoke a response and capture a picture of her yelling.

Currently, Prince Harry is embroiled in a number of legal conflicts with the British tabloid press, including claims of phone hacking and unauthorized information collecting.

This week, the prince's attorney argued in court in London that the government's decision to prevent him from paying for police protection while visiting the nation should be overturned.

In 2020, the couple resigned from their royal duties and relocated to the US; they said that part of the reason for their decision was persecution from UK tabloids.

It has been Prince Harry's "life's work" to fight for media reform. He would testify in a phone-hacking case in a London court the following month.

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