NYPD Weighs In on Photogs' Pursuit of Harry, Meghan

Spokesperson describes 2-hour pursuit in NYC
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2023 9:43 AM CDT
Updated May 17, 2023 1:44 PM CDT
Rep: Harry, Meghan in 'Near Catastrophic' Car Chase
Meghan Markle, and her husband Prince Harry arrive to the observatory in One World Trade in New York, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Prince Harry, wife Meghan, and her mother were involved in what a rep for the prince is calling a "near catastrophic car chase" on Tuesday night. It occurred while the couple and Doria Ragland were in New York City to attend an awards ceremony by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The incident occurred "at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi," the rep tells Reuters, adding: "This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers." The AP reports that during that time they were reportedly followed by a half-dozen vehicles featuring blacked-out windows.

CNN has more from the rep's statement: While "being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone's safety. Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all ... involved." The BBC reports the NYPD did not initially confirm the couple's account, but it issued a statement hours later:

  • "On ... May 16, the NYPD assisted the private security team protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests in regard."
(More Prince Harry stories.)

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