Megan Markle and Prince Harry Rep and Photographer Involved In Car Chase Gives Statement
After the events which took place with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, multiple people have given a statement on the situation including the couple’s rep and the photographer who was involved in the chase.
The Royal’s rep made a statement regarding the situation,
“Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Ragland [Meghan’s mother] were involved in a near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi. This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) 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 which is dangerous to all involved.” (Via People)
One of the security members working for the couple gave a statement to CNN claiming he had never seen anything like it.
“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. 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 also added,
“[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.”
Photographer and NYC Mayor Speak Out
One of the photographers involved in the chase gave a statement claiming that ‘it wasn’t near catastrophic.’
“Nobody got a ticket or arrested…I don’t see how it was near catastrophic other than crazy hyperbole.”
Although, the photo agency made a statement, taking accountability for the photographers.
“We want to clarify that we have received photos and videos of last night’s events from four freelance photographers, three of whom were in cars and one of whom was riding a bicycle. It is important to note that these photographers have a professional responsibility to cover newsworthy events and personalities, including public figures such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. According to the accounts given by these freelance contributors, they were covering the couple’s stay in New York City, including the possibility of a dinner after an award ceremony.” (Via People)
“They had no intention of causing any distress or harm, as their only tool was their cameras. A few of the photos even show Meghan Markle smiling inside a cab. The photographers report that one of the four SUVs from Prince Harry‘s security escort was driving in a manner that could be perceived as reckless. The vehicle was seen blocking off streets, and in one video, it is shown being pulled over by the police. We understand that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s security detail had a job to do, and we respect their work. We do, however, want to point out that according to the photographers present, there were no near-collisions or near-crashes during this incident. The photographers have reported feeling that the couple was not in immediate danger at any point.” (Via People)
The Mayor of New York City made a statement as well, claiming he finds it ‘hard to believe’ that there was a two-hour car chase.
“It’s clear that the press, paparazzis, they want to get the right shot, they want to get the right story, but public safety must always be at the forefront,” the Mayor claims.
“Two of our officers could have been injured. New York City is different from a small town somewhere. You shouldn’t be speeding anywhere, but this is a densely populated city and I think all of us … I don’t think there’s many of us who don’t recall how [Prince Harry’s] mom died and it would be horrific to lose innocent bystanders during a chase like this, and something to have happened to them as well, so I think we have to be extremely responsible.”
“I would find it hard to believe there was a two-hour high-speed chase,” the Mayor added. “We have a lot of traffic, a lot of movement, a lot of people are using our streets. Any type of high-speed chase that involves something of that nature is inappropriate.” (Via People)
Published By: HOLR Magazine