New York City Mayor Eric Adams, left; Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle.
Following the shocking news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were involved in a “near catastrophic” car chase with the paparazzi while leaving an event in New York City on Tuesday that lasted over two hours—NYC Mayor Eric Adams is speaking out about the unfortunate ordeal.
Per Access Online, the mayor gave initial remarks about the incident during a press conference on Wednesday, where he pointed the sad irony of what happened and how it called back to the way the prince’s mother died. He also expressed his displeasure in how things transpired, calling the situation “reckless and irresponsible.”
“I think all of us—I don’t think there’s many of us who don’t recall how his [Prince Harry] mom died,” the mayor began. “And it would be horrific to lose an innocent bystander during a chase like this and something to have happened to them as well. So I think we have to be extremely responsible. I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible.”
Adams later went on to express how he found the chase “hard to believe” and that even a 10-minute car chase in a city as dense as Manhattan is extremely dangerous. For more details…
The Cab Driver’s POV
The alleged cab driver who was in the car with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Meghan’s mother for 10 minutes has also spoken out following the chase in a new interview with the Washington Post published on Wednesday. Sukhcharn Singh said that they all were followed by two cars and were being photographed and recorded whenever they stopped. The security detail assigned to the family eventually asked him to drop them off at a police station before returning them to the place he originally picked them up.
“I don’t think I would call it a chase. I never had any sense of threat.
It wasn’t like a car chase in a movie. They were quiet and seemed scared but it’s New York—it’s safe,” Singh said, later adding in another interview with Piers Morgan: “As we went a block, we were blocked by a trash truck, and then all of a sudden, paparazzi just came out of nowhere and flashes just went off.” The driver also said in comparison to other celebrities he’s driven around, the photographers “surrounded the car” and were going “crazy with the camera.”
The Paparazzi’s POV
What’s more is that a couple of unnamed photographers who were allegedly onsite claim that the whole situation has been sensationalized and called the descriptor of the chase being “near catastrophic” a “crazy hyperbole,” according to People. Backgrid USA Inc., a celebrity photography agency who also had freelancers there on the night of the ordeal has since released a statement about their level of involvement which appears to downplay the incident in its entirety:
At BACKGRID USA Inc., we value transparency and ethics in journalism, which include providing fair and factual responses to claims. We are aware of Prince Harry’s statement regarding an alleged ‘near catastrophic car chase’ involving himself, Meghan Markle, and her mother, in New York City on Tuesday night.
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’s vital to remember that professional shooters, especially well-known celebs like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have a job to record big events and themes.
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. Since their sole weapon was a camera, they had no desire to cause anybody any inconvenience or injury.
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. At BACKGRID USA Inc., we do not condone any form of harassment or illegal activity. We are taking Prince Harry’s allegations seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.
It should also be noted that Buckingham Palace has yet to put out a statement concerning the incident and this comes just one day after an alleged stalker was found outside the royal couple’s Montecito, Calif. On Monday, I’ll return home.He was arrested instantly and finally freed on $2,500 bail.