Prince Harry and Meghan Markle encountered a distressing incident on the streets of New York City yesterday, as relentless paparazzi pursued them for nearly two hours. Departing from the Ziegfeld Theater accompanied by Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, the couple found themselves at the center of a chaotic and potentially perilous situation, prompting them to take evasive action.
The couple's security team member, Chris Sanchez, spoke exclusively to CNN about the harrowing encounter, expressing his alarm at the intensity of the pursuit. "I have never seen, or experienced anything like this," he revealed.
"What we were dealing with was very chaotic." As the paparazzi relentlessly pursued them, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle faced multiple near collisions involving other drivers, pedestrians, and even two NYPD officers. The gravity of the situation became apparent, compelling them to bring the car to a halt and seek alternative means of transportation.
They exited the vehicle and promptly hailed a taxi, hoping to escape the clutches of their relentless pursuers.
A Taxi Ride Turned Into a Flashing Frenzy
Late Wednesday, Sukhcharn Singh, the taxi driver who unwittingly became a part of this surreal episode, shared his account of the incident with CNN.
Singh, who has been driving since 2018, expressed his astonishment at the unprecedented level of attention directed towards Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by the paparazzi. "Other celebrities never got that much attention from the paparazzis," he noted.
Singh vividly recalled the moment when the Duke and Duchess entered his cab, narrating, "All of a sudden, the paparazzi just stormed the taxi. There were flashes coming from every direction. They were up against the car, taking pictures." This unexpected invasion left Singh astounded by the sheer intensity of the paparazzi frenzy surrounding the royal couple.
Fortunately, despite the chaos and intrusiveness, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex eventually arrived safely at their intended destination, unscathed by any collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests. Speaking on behalf of the couple, their spokesperson emphasized the importance of prioritizing safety over intrusive media coverage.
"Being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, but it should never come at the cost of anyone's safety," the spokesperson stated. They also urged the media to refrain from publishing photographs obtained through such invasive practices, emphasizing the potential danger it poses to all involved.
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