Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, were caught Tuesday night in New York in a “race chase” that involved “extremely aggressive paparazzi” and could have had a “catastrophic” outcome, the spokesperson said in a press release.
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This relentless chase, which lasted nearly two hours, nearly caused collisions with other drivers, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers, this spokesman added in an email, that the prince and his wife live in California.
The couple, who were in a car with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, had just left a party in New York where the Duchess of Sussex received an award from the charity and feminist organization ‘Mrs. Women’s Foundation.
According to AFP journalists who were covering the ceremony, the prince and his wife did not walk the red carpet and entered and exited the back of the building where the evening was taking place.
“While a public figure is a source of interest, this should never be at the expense of anyone’s safety,” warned the spokesperson, denouncing “the publication of these images (…) which encourages a very intrusive practice (in private life) that constitutes Danger” .
The New York Police Department did not respond to requests from AFP.
Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, left the British royal family in early 2020 to move to California due to conflict, stress and media pressure.
Harry has long blamed the press and paparazzi for the August 1997 Paris car crash that killed his mother, Princess Diana.
According to a source close to the couple, the chase involved half a dozen cars “driven recklessly and dangerously for the sake of the convoy and everyone around it.”
“The chase could have been fatal,” the source said.
Harry came in a breeze and alone on May 6 to London for the coronation of his father, Charles III.
The couple is actually not very popular in the UK. The tabloids are ruthless and Harry has many legal disputes with them.
He accuses “Sussex” of closing the door in 2020, then criticizing the powerful and secretive royal family, and of revealing behind the scenes and disagreements to the whole world.
In “The Substitute,” Harry’s bestseller, William, heir to the throne, is presented as angry, to the point of throwing his brother to the floor in 2019 during an argument over Meghan.
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