Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi” in United States.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s spokesperson said in a statement issued on Wednesday, “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,” DailyBeast reported.
It added, “This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers. While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety.”
“Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all in involved,” the spokesperson concluded.
Buckingham Palace had not made any comments on this incident yet.
The couple attended Ms. Foundation 2023 Women of Vision Awards: Celebrating Generations of Progress & Power at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan on Tuesday, when Meghan was honored as one of this year’s Woman of Vision Award honorees.
Meghan and Harry’s Relationship With Paparazzi
Meghan and Harry have had a complex relationship with the paparazzi. Both Meghan and Harry have been vocal about their concerns and frustrations regarding the intrusive nature of the paparazzi and the impact it has had on their lives.
Meghan, in particular, has had personal experience with the paparazzi even before marrying into the British royal family. As an actress, she faced media scrutiny, but her relationship with Harry brought her even more attention. The couple’s engagement and subsequent wedding in 2018 garnered significant media interest and coverage.
In their official statement released in 2020 when they stepped back as senior members of the royal family, Meghan and Harry cited the relentless media intrusion and the paparazzi’s behavior as one of the factors contributing to their decision. They mentioned that they had experienced “relentless propaganda” and “invasive harassment” from certain media outlets and paparazzi.
In recent years, both Meghan and Harry have been involved in legal battles with tabloids and paparazzi organizations. They have filed lawsuits against specific publications for invasion of privacy, including the unauthorized publication of private letters and the alleged use of drones to take intrusive photos of their family.
It’s important to note that not all paparazzi behave inappropriately or engage in invasive tactics. There are responsible and ethical photojournalists who respect the boundaries of privacy. However, the couple’s experiences have highlighted the darker side of paparazzi culture and the negative impact it can have on individuals’ lives.
Overall, Meghan and Harry have been outspoken about the need for improved media practices and privacy protection, not only for themselves but for all individuals subjected to intense media scrutiny. Their experiences have sparked conversations about media ethics and the boundaries between public and private life.
For more updates, keep watching this space.