On Tuesday night, an incident involving the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland occurred in New York City. The couple’s spokesperson has alleged that a “near catastrophic” car chase took place between paparazzi photographers and the Sussexes’ convoy. This was supported at least in part by a law enforcement source, who said that the couple were followed by a “swarm” of paparazzi after leaving the event.
According to the couple’s statement, the altercation with photographers was prolonged and involved multiple traffic violations. They described the incident as a “near catastrophic car chase” and said that it involved around half a dozen blacked-out vehicles with unidentified people driving recklessly and endangering the convoy and everyone around them.
A local law enforcement source confirmed that a group of paparazzi followed Harry and Meghan in cars, motorcycles, and scooters after they left the event. The source said that there were many close calls, including short stops between the front and back of cars, but none resulted in a crash.
New York City Mayor, Eric Adams, weighed in on the incident, calling it “reckless” and “irresponsible.” He said that “public safety must always be at the forefront” and noted that the incident recalled the death of the late Princess of Wales, Diana, who was killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris in 1997.
The Duke of Sussex has been vocal about the security of his family, often highlighting parallels between his wife’s treatment to that faced by his mother. In the couple’s Netflix six-part docuseries, Harry pushed back against critics who have said they’ve “got such a problem with paparazzi.”
“Back in my mum’s day, it was physical harassment – cameras in your face, following you, chasing you,” he said.
“Paparazzi still harass people,” he added. “But the harassment really exists more online now. Once the photographs are out and the stories then put next to it, then comes the social media harassment. To see another woman in my life, who I love, go through this feeding frenzy – that’s hard. It is basically the hunter versus the prey.”
The couple’s spokesperson urged the media not to publish photographs from the incident, saying that “dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all in involved.”
At this time, there have been no reports of injury or property damage as a result of the incident. However, the couple’s statement indicates that the incident was serious and could have been fatal. The full extent of the incident is unknown, and police are still investigating.