Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, found themselves in the unexpected position of disbelief and concern following a harrowing two-hour paparazzi chase through the bustling streets of New York last week.
The couple, having shared this unnerving experience through their spokesperson, expressed dismay at the skepticism surrounding their account of the incident.
A High-Speed Chase That Could Have Ended in Tragedy
According to the royal couple, the pursuit was perilously close to ending in disaster.
Despite this, the police and city authorities painted a somewhat different picture. "The drive was challenging," police admitted, but maintained that no incidents had transpired. Even the mayor of New York found it hard to credit the idea of a relentless, two-hour chase through the city's notoriously congested streets.
Still, he assured the public that the matter would be thoroughly investigated. The royals, however, remain undeterred by the doubters. “They insist their account of the car chase was absolutely not exaggerated, and for people to say otherwise is so hurtful and out of line,” a source close to the couple exclusively told Us Weekly.
Understandably, the pair is shocked by the doubt and skepticism their revelation has stirred.
Standing Tall in the Face of Controversy
According to insiders, the response to the Sussexes' terrifying ordeal has only galvanized their resolve.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were "shocked" by the reactions to their "scary car chase experience," but won't let this affect their public engagement, a source exclusively revealed to Us Weekly. “[This has] just strengthened their resolve to keep standing up for themselves and speaking out when they feel wronged,” the source stated.
Ashley Hansen, the couple’s publicist, emphatically dismissed speculations that the incident was dramatized for publicity. “Respectfully, considering the duke’s family history, one would have to think nothing of the couple or anybody associated with them to believe this was any sort of PR stunt,” she told Page Six, referencing the tragic death of Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash while fleeing paparazzi in 1997.
Meanwhile, the New York Police Department confirmed that the incident is under investigation. They acknowledged that the presence of numerous photographers made the couple's journey difficult, but added that the situation was kept under control.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests in regard,” said a spokesperson for the NYPD.