Prince Harry and Meghan Markle involved in 'near catastrophic car chase' with paparazzi
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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been involved in a ‘near catastrophic’ car chase involving paparazzi, according to a spokesperson.
The incident allegedly took place after the couple had attended an awards event in New York on Tuesday, with the spokesperson adding that the cars were involved in several ‘near collisions’ during the pursuit, which allegedly carried on for several hours.
The spokesperson said: "Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms Ragland were involved in a near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi.
"This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers.”
Meghan – the Duchess of Sussex – had earlier received a Woman of Vision award at the ceremony, which celebrates women fighting for equality.
Markle had urged others to continue that fight in her speech, accepting the gong at the Ms. Foundation for Women’s yearly prize-giving celebration.
In her acceptance speech, she had said: "It's never too late to start.
"You can be the visionary of your own life... There is still so much work to be done."
The alleged car chase then happened as the pair left the venue holding the awards ceremony, with the spokesperson describing it as ‘near catastrophic’.
It is reminiscent of the circumstances that saw the car carrying Harry’s mother Princess Diana, as well as her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, and driver Henri Paul, crash in Paris in 1997.
That crash resulted in the deaths of Diana, Fayed, and Henri Paul.
Rees-Jones was the only survivor after the Mercedes-Benz car smashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel on August 31 1997.
Harry and Meghan took a step away from their royal duties back in 2020, moving to the USA partially to avoid the intense media scrutiny that followed them around.
However, the USA is not much different, it would seem.
Prince Harry has long since spoken out against media intrusion into his life, blaming the press partially for the death of his mother.
A tribunal ruled that Diana’s death as unlawful killing, pointing to the negligent driving of several vehicles involved, including the paparazzi vehicle and that which Henri Paul was driving which contained Diana and Dodi.
The judge ruled out all possibility of a conspiracy to kill Diana, which had little basis in fact, but had been a theory espoused by some, including Dodi’s father Mohamed Al-Fayed, although he later agreed to give up on that theory.