More eyewitnesses and city officials have come out to discuss what happened when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left a gala event in New York on Tuesday night.
New York City police have released their version of events, which differs from the couple’s claims of a “near catastrophic car chase” through the streets of Manhattan.
According to the police, the chase was brief, didn’t result in any major incidents or arrests, and didn’t require any additional investigation. A photo agency then claimed that the careless behavior was actually perpetrated by security personnel for Harry and Meghan.
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Harry and Meghan, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, left the Ms. Foundation Awards in Manhattan on Tuesday night to “relentless pursuit” by photographers, which led to “multiple near collisions,” as per a spokesperson for the couple.
According to sources close to the pair, a caravan of approximately a dozen cars, motorcycles, and mopeds trailed Harry and Megan as soon as they left the Ziegfeld at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night.
Close associates of Harry and Megan claim that the couple’s private security detail, made up of ex-police officers, using a variety of tactics in an attempt to disperse the paparazzi, some of whom drove dangerously close to pedestrians on the walkways.
According to police sources who spoke to ABC News, a different version of events transpired when Harry and Meghan left the Ziegfeld Ballroom and headed home in their own vehicle.
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Sources close to Harry and Megan say a caravan followed them, but police say security cameras have only caught photographers on bicycles. According to former NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller, it was a slow-motion chase. “This was not lights and sirens, going through red lights at high speeds,” he said.
They hid out in a police station for a while before trying to outrun the cameras in a yellow cab. The paparazzi “were following us the whole time,” Harry and Meghan’s cab driver stated, but he stopped short of calling it a chase.
On Wednesday, a representative for the couple said that the pursuit lasted more than two hours and included many near-misses with other vehicles and pedestrians.
Harry and Megan reportedly returned home from the event less than 20 minutes after leaving. According to the mayor of New York, the paparazzi that followed them were “reckless and irresponsible.”
A picture agency published a statement denying the freelance photographers’ guilt and insisted they had “no intention of causing any distress or harm.”
Backgrid USA, on the other hand, reported that photographers present stated that Harry’s security escort “was driving in a manner that could be perceived as reckless.” Backgrid said that they would look into the couple’s claims as well.
No immediate arrests were made. However, security footage from Tuesday night will be reviewed by NYPD. When asked about the Sussexes’ accusations of a “near catastrophic car chase” by paparazzi through Midtown, Mayor Eric Adams replied, “We are taking a close examination of the whole incident,” but he would not elaborate.
He reported conversing with the police commissioner and learning that a thorough investigation into the incident was underway.
“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 statement read on their behalf.
The paparazzi have been called out in a New York Press Photographers Association statement.
“The basic principle of photojournalism is to cover the news as documentarians and observers. The behavior alleged to have occurred in New York last night goes against this principle at its core, and runs counter to the code of ethics to which all of our members-and any press photographer with respect for themselves and the profession-are expected to adhere.”
Princess Diana, Harry’s mother, was killed by paparazzi cars in a 1997 vehicle crash in Paris.
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