Prince Harry, Meghan involved in ‘near catastrophic chase’ involving paparazzi in NYC
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Markle’s mother were “involved in a near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi” Tuesday night in New York City, a spokesperson for the couple said.
The pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road and pedestrians, the spokesperson said Wednesday.
The paparazzi were tailing them from the Ziegfeld Ballroom around 8:30 p.m. after Markle received the Ms. Foundation’s Women of Vision Award at the foundation’s annual gala.
A very small number of NYPD officers were with them when they observed multiple paparazzi following Meghan and Harry in cars, motorcycles, scooters.
The officers attempted some sort of evasive maneuver to get them away from the paparazzi, and in response, paparazzi on the scooters and bikes drove the sidewalk to keep up.
There is no evidence an accident occurred, but police say there were several short stops with paparazzi vehicles driving backwards and on sidewalks.
Harry and Meghan’s car was eventually taken to the 19th Precinct to calm the situation before they continued home.
No arrests were immediately made, but NYPD will review surveillance videos from Tuesday night.
“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,” a statement on behalf of the couple said.
Mayor Eric Adams said it was “a bit reckless and irresponsible” for paparazzi to chase Harry and Meghan, and it could have injured two police officers.
Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in 1997 while being pursued by paparazzi in Paris.