Doubts Emerge About Royal Paparazzi Chase

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is joining the growing number of people who doubt that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were chased at high speeds by paparazzi through the streets of New York.

A spokesperson said that the couple attended the Women of Vision Awards at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan and continued for two hours. The paparazzi were in cars and on scooters, mopeds and e-bikes, while the Sussexes changed cars once, taking a taxi. The spokesperson said there were multiple near collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians and police officers. Members of their security detail described paparazzi driving into oncoming traffic, going the wrong way down one-way streets and taking scooters and mopeds on sidewalks. They made their way to a police station, where they hid and then were able to escape when officers going on patrol at midnight blocked the photographers.

The incident made international headlines, not only because of the potential for disaster and the celebrity of the Sussexes, but because it reminded people of how Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car crash in 1997 in Paris when her driver fled from paparazzi, although a French investigation found that the driver was intoxicated on alcohol and prescription drugs. 

Adams said he found the idea of a two-hour chase in Manhattan hard to believe but urged photographers to be mindful of public safety in the future. 

The New York Police Department also cast doubt on the idea of an intense chase. Sources said that they were only followed by a few people on bicycles and not a convoy of multiple vehicle types. A police spokesperson also no injuries, collisions or summonses were issued.

Celebrity news agency Backgrid USA said in a statement that they received photos and videos from only four photographers and that they thought the security detail was driving recklessly. 

Lastly, taxi driver Sukhcharn Singh said they were followed by two cars, but dismissed the idea that there was a chase or any danger. “

Prince Harry, the younger son of King Charles III of the United Kingdom, married the American-born Markle in 2018 and they “quit” the Royal Family in 2020.