Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland were caught in a dangerous car chase Tuesday, May 16, after the trio left the 2023 Women of Vision Awards. Despite the event being a big night for the Duchess of Sussex, the family's safety was compromised after being hunted down by paparazzi. Although the ordeal paralleled the death of the Duke of Sussex's mother, Princess Diana, Harry's family has been radio silent about the life-threatening incident.
Journalist and friend of the Sussexes Omid Scobie took to Twitter to update fans on the status of the couple's well-being. "Spokespersons for both King Charles and Queen Camilla, and Prince William and Princess Kate have declined to comment," the biographer shared with his followers. "I understand that no member of the Royal Family has reached out to the Sussexes since today's news broke four hours ago."
Prior to revealing the status of the monarchy's response, Scobie explained the actual danger surrounding the incident. "Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Doria Ragland were involved in a terrifying paparazzi car chase involving six blacked-out vehicles in a chase that could have been fatal," he revealed.
Not only were the photographers attempting to snag a photo of the couple, but there was an attempt to follow them to their temporary residence. "Despite being confronted by uniformed police multiple times, the paparazzi’s cars continued their pursuit in trying to follow the Sussexes and Doria to the private residence they were staying at," Scobie wrote. "Traffic violations by the drivers include driving on a sidewalk, going through red lights, reversing down a one-way street, driving while photographing and illegally blocking a moving vehicle."
The images taken during that time period were published and later deleted due to the method by which they were obtained.
"Photos of the couple that came as a result from the two-hour chase briefly appeared on the Daily Mail this morning but have since been removed," the royal expert revealed. "A source close to the Sussexes say Harry, Meghan and Doria are 'understandably shaken but thankful everyone's safe.'"
The New York Police Department released a statement Wednesday morning addressing the event. "On Tuesday evening, May 16, the NYPD assisted the private security team protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex," the press release said. "There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests in regard."