The incident was immediately compared to the deadly 1997 car crash involving Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
NEW YORK – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were chased in cars by photographers following a charity event in New York in an incident the mayor and the couple’s office described as potentially dangerous. and that was immediately compared to the fatal car crash in 1997 of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
The NYPD was not immediately available for comment to describe or corroborate the royal statement about the incident.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams told reporters he had not received a full briefing on the incident, but he called anyone chasing people in cars in the densely populated city “reckless.” and irresponsible” and said that “two of our officers may have been injured.
Harry and Meghan’s office said in a statement that the chase “resulted in multiple near-misses involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers.” It called the incident “almost catastrophic.”
“While being a public figure comes with a degree of public concern, that should never come at the expense of anyone’s safety,” the couple’s statement said.
Harry, the youngest son of King Charles III and former actress Meghan Markle married at Windsor Castle in 2018 but resigned as a working royal in 2020, citing what they described as an impossible encroachment. tolerance and racist attitudes of the British media.
Harry’s rage towards the media has been building for years. He blamed the press for his mother’s death and accused the media of hunting Meghan.
He has made it his mission to reform journalism and is currently suing three British tabloid publishers for alleged phone hacking and other illegal snooping practices. In 2021, Meghan won an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Mail.
Security for Harry and Meghan has been an issue since the British government stripped them of their protection when they moved to California in 2020 and it was included in three of his legal cases against government and the tabloid press.
The chase occurred the same day Harry’s lawyer argued in a London court that he could oppose the government’s decision to deny him the right to pay police for his own security. in the United Kingdom.
Harry argued that his safety was “compromised by the absence of police protection” during a brief visit to the UK in July 2021, when his car was vandalized by photographers. Gia chases him as he leaves a charity event.
The couple said they financed their own security after former President Donald Trump said the US government would not pay to protect them.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, traveled to New York to receive the Ms. Visionary Women’s Award. along with Black Voters Matter co-founder, LaTosha Brown.
The gala kicked off the fund’s largest-ever fundraising campaign — $100 million over the next 12 months — which will be used to further advance equity-centric initiatives. organization and its mission to promote women’s collective power.
Witnessed by her mother, Doria Ragland, Meghan recounted how Mrs. Magazine was always in their home and how that affected her worldview.
“I am a woman who has always been inspired and motivated by this organization,” she said, looking to Gloria Steinem, co-founder of the Ms. “It allowed me to realize that part of my greater value and purpose in life is to stand up for those who feel unheard, to stand up to injustice and not be afraid to say what is right. right, what is right and what is right. “
Video taken by bystanders and posted to social media shows Harry and Meghan leaving the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan and boarding an SUV as crowds of pedestrians and photographers gawk.
Another video posted by TMZ shows the couple sitting in a yellow cab in New York City, stuck in traffic a few blocks from the ballroom, as photographers capture them through a window. The cab was escorted by NYPD vehicles with flashing lights.
The event was her first public appearance since she skipped the coronation of her father-in-law King Charles III earlier this month to stay at home in California for her son Prince’s fourth birthday. Archie. Her husband Prince Harry attended the coronation ceremony in London and then rushed back to California.