- by theguardian
- 21 Sep 2023
A member of the security team protecting Prince Harry and Meghan has described a "chaotic" chase in New York involving paparazzi photographers on Tuesday, saying it could have ended with fatalities.
Speaking exclusively to CNN, Chris Sanchez said the Sussexes were chased by photographers after leaving the Women of Vision Awards at the city's Ziegfeld Ballroom.
In the end, no one was injured and the couple arrived safely, but shaken, at the apartment where they were staying, he said.
"I have never seen, experienced anything like this. What we were dealing with was very chaotic. There were about a dozen vehicles: cars, scooters and bicycles," Sanchez said.
"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," he added.
Police said the incident was "challenging" but there were no collisions and no one was hurt.
Sanchez said he "was concerned about the principals (Prince Harry and Meghan) but more about the public because they (the paparazzi) were being so erratic. People were on sidewalks and crossing streets and the (paparazzi) were crossing red lights. We did everything by the letter of law."
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