The royal couple is claiming that the speedy car chase actually did happen in New York City involving Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and even Meghan’s mother.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are ‘shocked’ by those who think this story is false.
“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,” an insider told the magazine.
A representative for the Duke and Suchess of Sussex claims that after Markle was honored at the Women of Vision Awards on May 16th, the group were recklessly chased by paparazzi around Manhatten. The ‘near fatal’ chase was picked up by numerous outlets,
“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 pair’s rep told What’s Trending in a statement the following day.
“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.”
Even the NYPD pushed back at the florid language used by their publicist.
“There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging,” a police spokesperson recalled of the ordeal in a statement.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination, and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries or arrests in regard.”
The photo agency that had photographers following the couple also denied the allegations.
“According to the photographers present, there were no near-collisions or near-crashes during this incident,” Backgrid USA told Page Six in a statement.
Celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg also gave their opinion on the matter.
“… I think people in New York know if it was possible to have car chases in New York, we’d all make it to the theater on time,” she opined on “The View.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s publicist shot down the charges that the chase was a stunt.
“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,” publicist Ashley Hansen told Page Six, referencing Princess Diana’s fatal car crash with paparazzi in 1997. “Quite frankly, I think that’s abhorrent.”
Despite the uproar, the couple is standing by their claim.
“As far as staying out of sight and being scared to show their faces, that’s not going to happen,” the source added. “[This has] just strengthened their resolve to keep standing up for themselves and speaking out when they feel wronged.”