Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, found themselves in a harrowing situation during a car chase by aggressive paparazzi, which they described as an “almost catastrophic” incident.
According to the couple and law enforcement sources, in a dramatic turn of events, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, sought refuge in a New York City police station amid a frenzy of photographers.
According to various media reports, Harry and Meghan found themselves in a harrowing situation during a car chase by aggressive paparazzi, which they described as a “nearly catastrophic” incident.
Following their departure from a charity event in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night, the couple, accompanied by Meghan’s mother, found themselves relentlessly pursued by a swarm of photographers.
The chaotic chase prompted Prince Harry and Meghan to take swift action, seeking the safety and security offered by a nearby police station. This sudden turn of events sheds light on the challenges facing high-profile individuals and the invasive nature of paparazzi culture.
Law enforcement sources revealed that the couple spent the night on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and took precautions to keep their location a secret from photographers.
“This relentless pursuit, which lasted for more than two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers.” a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement.
The photographers followed Prince Harry and Meghan for approximately 75 minutes along Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, the main thoroughfare on Manhattan’s East Side.
The couple and Meghan’s mother sought refuge at the NYPD 19th Precinct Precinct on East 67th Street for safety and rest. After about 15 minutes, they left the station in a different car, successfully evading any further pursuit.
Although police sources downplayed the severity of the incident and acknowledged its chaotic nature, they confirmed that numerous photographers caused difficulties for the couple’s journey.
Julian Phillips, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for public information, stated that the officers assisted the private security team responsible for protecting Prince Harry and Meghan.
He stressed that during his transport there were no collisions, citations, injuries or arrests.
The car chase occurred after the couple attended the Women of Vision Awards at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York. This marked the first public appearance for her since King Charles III’s coronation, which Meghan did not attend.
The incident brought back memories of Princess Diana’s tragic death in 1997 when she was being chased by paparazzi in Paris.
The internet was shocked after reading reports of the car chase.
In their statement, Prince Harry and Meghan stressed that while being public figures is in the public interest, safety should never be compromised. Since stepping down as royals and moving to California, the couple have raised concerns about media intrusion and its detrimental impact on their mental well-being.
Harry has expressed fears that history will repeat itself, with his wife enduring the same intense scrutiny that Princess Diana faced.
Harry and Meghan have taken legal action to protect their privacy, winning privacy cases against various media outlets.
In addition, Harry has accused newspapers of using illegal methods to attack him and his family. He is currently seeking to challenge the British government’s decision to withdraw specialist police protection for him while he is in the UK.
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