Conflicting Reports on Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s ‘Near Catastrophic Car Chase’ With Paparazzi
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were pursued by paparazzi Tuesday night during a cab ride from NYPD’s 19th Precinct House to an Upper East Side residence.
The Details: The couple had attended a ceremony in Manhattan before going to an NYPD station for a few hours, where they waited to call a cab, in an attempt to hide the location at which they were staying. Cab driver Sukhcharn Singh said paparazzi came “out of nowhere,” and a garbage truck blocked their route, forcing them to circle back to the precinct, but did not believe paparazzi were being “aggressive.”
Conflicting Reports: The royals’ security and PR teams reported a “chaotic” chase, while NYPD was more muted in their response, reporting no arrests or injuries.
Key Quotes: Chris Sanchez, a member of the couple's security detail, said "The public were in jeopardy at several points," and "It could have been fatal." A spokesperson for the royals said the “Relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers.” According to New York Post, a high-ranking source reiterated the NYPD’s statement that cops had “no collision reports or 911 calls” related to the chase.
How The Media Covered It: The story was covered by several outlets across the spectrum which covered the events similarly.
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From the LeftPrince Harry and Meghan say they were in 'near catastrophic car chase' with paparazzi; NYPD more muted about incident
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, took refuge at New York City police station in the middle of a "chaotic" pursuit by photographers, the couple and law enforcement sources said Wednesday.
The pair, together with Meghan’s mother, were followed by photographers after leaving a charity event in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over 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.
From the CenterPrince Harry and Meghan say New York City car chase was relentless
Prince Harry, Meghan and her mother were involved in a "near catastrophic car chase" involving paparazzi, a spokesperson for the couple claimed.
The incident happened after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday.
In a statement, their spokesperson said the "relentless pursuit" lasted for more than two hours and resulted in "multiple near collisions".
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said there were no arrests or injuries.
From the RightInside the drama of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s NYC paparazzi chase ordeal
Harry and Meghan’s supposed “near catastrophic” and “over two hour” paparazzi car chase wasn’t exactly the high-drama debacle that their reps made out, according to law enforcement sources, who said the couple was tailed for about an hour and had a police escort.
A high-ranking source reiterated the NYPD’s statement that cops had “no collision reports or 911 calls” related to the chase. Though other sources noted that two uniformed police were “nearly missed” by paparazzi as Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, left the Ziegfeld Theater in Midtown around 9:50 p.m.