Meghan and Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic car chase’ with paparazzi
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland have been involved in a dramatic car chase in New York,.
The chase, which has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Sussexes in Reuters, is understood to have involved paparazzi and was described as ‘relentless’ and ‘near catastrophic’.
A spokesperson for Harry said in a statement: "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.
"This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers."
The chase is understood to have taken place following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s appearance at the Ms Foundation for Women’s 50th anniversary gala event, at which Meghan was presented with the Women of Vision Award.
Accepting the award, Meghan said: “I am a woman who remains inspired and driven by this organisation. It allowed me to recognise 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 not be afraid of saying what is true and what is just and what is right.”
Meghan was presented the award by feminist activist Gloria Steinem.
The event marked the couple’s first public outing since the King’s coronation earlier this month, which Harry attended alone while Meghan remained at home in Montecito, California, to celebrate their son Prince Archie’s fourth birthday. Harry flew back to LA shortly after the coronation.
Harry is currently at the centre of a High Court legal battle against Mirror Group Newspapers over allegations of unlawful information gathering. The prince has also made his feelings around press behaviour and paparazzi conduct clear in his autobiography Spare, which was released earlier this year.
In the book, the Duke described factions of the media as, “a dreadful mob of dweebs and crones and cut-rate criminals and clinically diagnosable sadists along Fleet Street.”
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