Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have claimed a 'almost catastrophic' paparazzi vehicle chase in New York.May 17, 2023
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were involved in a chaotic car chase with paparazzi in New York on Tuesday night that could have resulted in a “catastrophic” outcome, their spokesperson has alleged. The Sussexes were pursued by photographers after leaving the Women of Vision Awards at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in a convoy that also included Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother. The couple were left shaken by the incident, but no-one was hurt. Police said “numerous” photographers made the Sussexes’ transport “challenging,” but that there were no reported collisions, injuries or arrests. A member of the couple’s security team, Chris Sanchez, spoke exclusively to CNN, said the incident was alarming and there were about a dozen vehicles: cars, scooters and bicycles.
The couple switched cars during the car chase, and the driver of the taxi, Sunny Singh, said the drivers following them were not that aggressive while they were driving behind them. He added that the Duke and the Duchess appeared nervous when they got in his taxi, and that a security guard with them got out of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a ten minute cab ride to the 19th precinct in Manhattan on Tuesday evening. The New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed the outline of the Sussexes’ account but described it in less colorful language. The couple’s spokesperson said that while being a public figure, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety and urged the media not to publish photographs from the incident. According to the couple’s team, the incident involved around half a dozen blacked-out vehicles with unidentified people driving recklessly and endangering the convoy and everyone around them.
A local law enforcement source corroborated some of the couple’s account, telling CNN that the couple were followed by a “swarm” of paparazzi in cars, motorcycles, scooters after they left the event on Tuesday. A protective team from the NYPD followed Harry and Meghan in another car and was forced to make some avoiding maneuvers to get away from the paparazzi. The couple’s convoy was escorted to a police precinct, where they were able to