‘Near catastrophic’, two-hour chase through New York caused by ‘highly aggressive paparazzi’, prince’s spokesman says.

Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi, a spokesperson for the prince says.

The incident happened after Harry and his wife had attended an awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday evening.

“Highly aggressive paparazzi” pursued the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Doria Ragland, the spokesperson for Harry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“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,” the statement said.


Meghan and Harry leave a gala in New York City where the Duchess of Sussex received the Women of Vision Award on May 16, 2023 [Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images]

The NYPD did not provide immediate comment to describe or corroborate the statement about the incident.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams told reporters he hadn’t received a full briefing about the incident yet, but he called it “reckless and irresponsible” for anyone to be chasing people in vehicles in the densely populated city, and said that “two of our officers could have been injured.”

Harry and Meghan gave up their royal titles and duties in January 2020 and moved to California as private citizens.

The couple have launched several legal cases against British newspaper publishers, alleging invasions of privacy among other charges.

The publisher of The Mirror tabloid newspaper apologized to Harry and other claimants at the beginning of a trial last week in London that alleged unlawful information gathering.

Harry is also pursuing claims against two other British media companies.

The prince has said he blames the media for the death of this mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 while being chased by photographers.


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