Some have accused Prince Harry and Megan Duchess of Sussex of craving the spotlight and perpetuating drama. The disputed account of the couple’s recent claim of the “near catastrophic” two-hour car chase by paparazzi adds to the speculation.
Representatives of the royal couple claimed to The Washington Post that “highly aggressive paparazzi” chased a vehicle transporting Harry, Meghan and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The chase reportedly ensued after Meghan received a Women of Vision award from the Ms. Foundation.
The representative portrayed the chase as relentless and perilous:
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers,” the representative claimed.
“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,” the representative added.
However, the vehicle’s driver, Sukhcharn Singh, disputes the story. He reports that though photographers followed their taxi, he would not characterize it as a “chase.”
“I don’t think I would call it a chase,” Singh said. “I never felt like I was in danger. It wasn’t like a car chase in a movie. They were quiet and seemed scared, but it’s New York — it’s safe,” he said.
Singh acknowledged that two vehicles followed his vehicle.
“They kept following us and were coming next to the car,” Singh said. “They took pictures as we stopped and were filming us,” but reiterated there was no danger.
Dan Wootton, executive editor for Dan Wooten [email protected], harshly criticized the royal couple’s portrayal of the events, writing:
“‘Near Catastrophic.’ The credibility of Prince Harry and Meghan is yet again destroyed. When will the media start reali[z]ing every statement they make must be fact-checked?”
Wootton added: “Harry and Meghan’s New York taxi driver Sukhcharn Singh blows their car chase story apart:
Singh added: “It wasn’t scary what happened when I had them in the cab, but I don’t know what happened before with them.”
Singh said of the couple’s security guard: “He seemed really hyper, but I don’t think he was from New York.”
An NYPD statement noted: “There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging.”
The report also noted: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination, and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests.”
The New York Times noted that New York City Mayor Eric Adams suggested that elements of the “chase” could have been exaggerated:
“I would find it hard to believe that there was a two-hour high-speed chase,” he said.
The mayor qualified his statement by adding that “even a 10-minute chase would be extremely dangerous in New York City. We have a lot of traffic, a lot of movement, a lot of people are using our streets.”
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