- by cnn
- 01 Oct 2023
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were involved in a chaotic car chase with paparazzi in New York on Tuesday night that could have resulted in a "catastrophic" outcome, their spokesperson has alleged.
The Sussexes were pursued by photographers after leaving the Women of Vision Awards at the city's Ziegfeld Ballroom in a convoy that also included Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother. The couple were left shaken by the incident, although ultimately no-one was hurt, their security detail told CNN.
Police said "numerous" photographers made the Sussexes' transport "challenging," but that there were no reported collisions, injuries or arrests.
According to couple's account, the altercation with photographers was prolonged and involved multiple traffic violations. "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," the couple's spokesperson said.
"This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers."
A member of the couple's security team, Chris Sanchez, speaking exclusively to CNN, said the incident was alarming. "I have never seen, experienced anything like this," he said. "What we were dealing with was very chaotic. There were about a dozen vehicles: cars, scooters and bicycles."
The Sussexes were scared - but were relieved when they returned to the apartment where they were staying, he said. "The public were in jeopardy at several points. It could have been fatal," Sanchez said.
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