A security guard has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were “scared and exhausted” following an alleged car chase on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson claimed the royals and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland were targeted in a “relentless pursuit” by a “ring of highly aggressive paparazzi” while in a taxi after they attended a gala event in New York City the previous evening. No arrests have been made.
Reflecting on the incident during an interview with CNN, Chris Sanchez – a member of the security team protecting the couple on the night – commented that Harry and Meghan appeared “scared, exhausted, but relieved to be back”.
And while the security guard was “concerned” about the pair, he was actually more worried about members of the public due to the “erratic” nature of the photographers.
“People were on sidewalks and crossing streets and the (paparazzi) were crossing red lights. We did everything by the letter of law,” Chris continued. “The public were in jeopardy at several points. It could have been fatal. They were jumping curbs and red lights. At one point they blocked the limousine (carrying the couple) and started taking pictures until we were able to get out.”
In response to the news, a representative for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) issued a statement in which they confirmed they were aware of the alleged car chase.
“The NYPD assisted the private security team protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging,” they said. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests in regard.”
– Cover Media