LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and his mother were involved in a “near-catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers, a spokesman for the prince said on Wednesday.
It came after the couple attended an awards ceremony in New York hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honored for her work.
Images that have emerged on social media show Harry, Meghan and his mother, Doria Ragland, in a taxi.
“Last night the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Mrs Ragland were involved in a near-disastrous car chase at the hands of a circle of very aggressive paparazzi,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“This relentless chase, which lasted more than two hours, resulted in multiple near misses involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers.”
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal roles in 2020 and moved to the United States in part because of what they described as intense media harassment.
The prince has long expressed anger at press intrusion which he blames for the death of his mother, Princess Diana, who was killed when her limousine crashed as she drove away paparazzi hunting gear in Paris.
Reporting by Mike Holden, writing by William James
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