It has been reported by a spokesperson for the couple that Harry and Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic” car chase after being followed by paparazzi.
Allegedly the incident happened after Harry and Meghan had left an awards ceremony for Women of Vision in Manhattan, New York.
A statement released last night 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 officers. 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.”
However, according to the New York Times, the New York Police Department had not received a report of a car chase involving the couple in the area, although a law enforcement source told CNN that paparazzi followed Meghan and Harry in cars, motorcycles and scooters and that an NYPD protective team had to take evasive action at times, rather contradicting the previous statement and all rather confusing.
From what I can gather, it seems they took the rather unusual decision to leave the event in a New York cab with a security person in the front seat and were then pursued for over two hours through the streets of New York by highly aggressive paparazzi in vehicles with blacked out windows. I believe it was also alleged that poor Harry had nasty visions of the tragedy that befell his mother during this horrendous chase.
I have to admit to being a tad sceptical about things I hear in the news and this is no exception, perhaps it is early days in the story but there seems to be some ambiguity as to whether the story was reported by Harry and Meghan or not, together with the detail that they appeared to have left the event in a yellow New York taxi cab, followed by paparazzi in vehicles with blacked out windows. It seems to me that Harry and Meghan who make enormous fuss about wanting to be left alone and whinge about their lack of privacy should have swopped cars with the paparazzi and been in the ones with blacked out windows.
Whilst having sympathy with Harry with regard to the events leading up to his mother’s death one has to point out that had she been wearing a seatbelt she would have survived with nothing more than bad bruising, together with the thought that to try to out run the pursuing press always runs the risk of ending in tears and I can think of any number of better vehicles to use that would be better for the task than a taxi cab. I’m also wondering why Meghan who was at the event to collect a Woman of Vision award didn’t have the foresight to see the perils of leaving the event in such a vulnerable means of transport.
Lastly, having left the Royal Family and the security that is given to any working member of the “Firm” and to have fled to the colonies to be chauffeured about in a yellow taxi seems very lax if you really value the privacy and security of your family, how much better they would have been had they just knuckled down and done the job when they had the chance.
Finally, I have to admit the photograph I have used for this post is not of the actual event but one that represents what seems to me to be the rather exaggerated story we are being fed, therefore I am using artistic licence with the photo, just because I can and I have a wicked sense of humour!
I must admit to having very little interest or sympathy. Why did they not have the driver take them to the nearest police station and park outside?
Or arrange a proper chauffeured limo, for God’s sake who when moaning about his privacy take a bloody taxi!
So tired of them and really wish they would leave our shores and return to the UK 😊.
As you say, did they learn nothing about security from Diana’s sad end?
No thanks, we’re quite happy with them where they are, although I have a feeling he may come back with his tail between his legs in the end.