Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Involved in “Near Catastrophic” Car Chase, Their Spokesperson Says
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been in New York attending an awards ceremony where Meghan was honored for her work. However, the celebratory trip took a very different turn as a spokesperson has revealed that the couple and Meghan's mum Doria were involved in a “near catastrophic” car chase with paparazzi.
"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,” a spokesperson for the couple said. The spokesperson said that the pursuit lasted for more than two hours and resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers, pedestrians and the NYPD. "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. Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all in involved.”
Prince Harry has spoken out many times about Princess Diana being pursued by paparazzi and his thoughts on how this contributed to her death. He told Oprah in 2021 that he walked away from royal life because he was scared of history repeating itself.
Members of the royal family in the UK no longer get physically pursued in their private time in the way or to the extent that Diana was. However, Harry and Meghan's account of their experience in New York brings to the fore the challenges that he continues to have with the media and social media.
The Prince currently has a number of active legal cases in the courts against UK newspaper groups focussed on historical allegations of illegal news gathering. He has said that "changing the media landscape in the UK" is "my life’s work."
At the event last night, Meghan delivered a powerful speech about her journey to activism. "The narrative on repeat that surrounded me allowed me to recognize that part of my greater value and purpose in life was to advocate for those who felt unheard, to stand up to injustice, and to be not afraid of saying what you know is true, and what is just, and what is right," she told the Women of Vision Awards.
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