Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Caught in Intense Car Chase with Paparazzi in New York
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and her mother, Doria Ragland, were caught in a harrowing car chase involving paparazzi following an awards ceremony in New York.
According to a spokesperson for the couple, the incident lasted for over two hours and included multiple near collisions. However, the details provided by their spokesperson have yet to be independently verified by the BBC.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed an incident involving Prince Harry and Meghan, acknowledging the challenges posed by numerous photographers during their transportation. The NYPD stated that there were no injuries or arrests reported. Buckingham Palace has yet to comment on the matter.
Reports suggest that the chase involved approximately six cars, with the paparazzi engaging in reckless driving behaviors such as running red lights, driving on the sidewalk, and reversing down one-way streets—all while attempting to capture photographs. The situation escalated to the point where the couple sought refuge at a Manhattan police station, accompanied by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
A taxi driver named Sukhcharn Singh, who picked up the couple and their security officer, described the experience as being followed by photographers, with their vehicle blocked briefly by a garbage truck.
Singh emphasized that he never felt in danger and noted that the paparazzi kept their distance throughout the journey. The passengers paid $50 for the ten-minute ride.
The incident raised concerns about the couple’s security arrangements in the United States. Prince Harry, whose mother, Princess Diana, tragically died in a car crash while pursued by paparazzi, has been a vocal advocate against media intrusion.
His ongoing legal battles with the British tabloid press, including allegations of phone hacking and unlawful gathering of information, reflect his commitment to protecting his privacy and that of his family.
This incident comes shortly after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first public appearance since the King’s Coronation at the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards, where Meghan received an award alongside LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter.
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams expressed concern about the potential risks posed by high-speed chases, stating that even a 10-minute chase in congested New York City could be extremely dangerous. While he found it hard to believe that a two-hour high-speed chase occurred, he stressed the importance of preventing harm to innocent bystanders.
Prince Harry’s ongoing battle to reform media practices will continue as he prepares to appear in a London court to provide evidence in a phone hacking case.
The couple resigned from their royal duties and relocated to the United States, partly fueled by their desire to escape harassment from the UK tabloids.
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With their spokesperson describing the recent incident as potentially fatal, it remains to be seen how it will impact their ongoing fight for privacy and security.