June 10, 2023

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been concerned in a “close to catastrophic” automotive chase final evening in New York Metropolis after the couple attended an awards ceremony, their spokesperson has introduced.

The couple had been photographed leaving the Ziegfeld Theatre in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night with Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in a number of close to collisions involving different drivers on the highway, pedestrians and two NYPD officers,” the spokesperson stated, per Sky Information.

It’s believed that the couple had been being pursued by photographers who had been actively capturing photos of the couple through the incident.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are photographed leaving the Girls of Imaginative and prescient awards in New York Metropolis on Might 16, 2023. The couple had been subsequently concerned in a “close to catastrophic” automotive chase their spokesperson has stated.
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“Whereas being a public determine comes with a stage of curiosity from the general public, it ought to by no means come at the price of anybody’s security,” the couple’s spokesperson instructed the BBC. “Dissemination of those photos, given the methods through which they had been obtained, encourages a extremely intrusive observe that’s harmful to all in concerned.”

The incident has disturbing parallels with the destiny of the prince’s mom, Princess Diana, who died because of accidents sustained in a high-speed automotive chase in Paris in 1997.

The princess’ automotive was being adopted on the time of her accident by photographers who continued to take photos after its collision with a structural pillar in a highway tunnel.

Harry and Meghan make use of a non-public safety crew after the prince’s British tax-payer funded bodyguards had been withdrawn after the couple stepped down as working royals in 2020.

The prince is at the moment concerned in a authorized dispute with the U.Ok. authorities to have the choice to withdraw his safety reconsidered. He has supplied to pay for police safety when he visits his dwelling nation.

The couple had been visiting NYC for the Girls of Imaginative and prescient awards ceremony the place Meghan was being honored for her “international advocacy to empower and advocate on behalf of girls and women.”

They reside in Montecito, California, with their two kids, Prince Archie 4, and Princess Lilibet, 1.

Each the duke and duchess are believed to have been unhurt within the chase.

When contacted by Newsweek, the New York Metropolis Police Division couldn’t instantly affirm or deny that the incident had taken place.

James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek‘s royal reporter, primarily based in London. Yow will discover him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and browse his tales on Newsweek‘s The Royals Fb web page.

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