Buckingham Palace Stays Silent on Harry and Meghan Automobile Pursuit

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Nothing to report. Buckingham Palace declined to remark when requested about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s “close to catastrophic” automobile chase in New York Metropolis.

“This isn’t one thing we’re commenting on,” the palace informed Us Weekly when reached for a response on Wednesday, Might 17. They’ve usually averted touch upon issues involving the Duke of Sussex, 38, and the Duchess of Sussex, 41, since they stepped down as senior working royals in 2020.

Earlier on Wednesday, a rep for the Sussexes revealed that the couple have been concerned in a automobile chase in NYC on Tuesday, Might 16, after attending the Ms. Basis’s 2023 Ladies of Imaginative and prescient Awards.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in a number of close to collisions involving different drivers on the highway, pedestrians and two NYPD officers,” the spokesperson informed Us. “Whereas being a public determine comes with a stage of curiosity from the general public, it ought to by no means come at the price of anybody’s security. Dissemination of those photos, given the methods wherein they have been obtained, encourages a extremely intrusive observe that’s harmful to all concerned.”

The New York Police Division later addressed the scenario, saying that the division “assisted the non-public safety group defending” the Sussexes on Tuesday night. Officers went on to make clear that the Fits alum and the Invictus Video games founder — who have been with Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland — finally arrived at their vacation spot safely. “There have been no reported collisions, summonses, accidents or arrests in regard,” the NYPD added.

After the incident, an insider completely informed Us that Harry, Meghan and Ragland, 66, have been “very upset” by the expertise and “terrified all through the entire ordeal.”

The prince has beforehand been outspoken about his struggle for safety since he and Meghan relocated to the USA. In January 2022, he utilized for a judicial assessment after the U.Okay.’s House Workplace dominated that he couldn’t personally fund police safety for his household after they visited England. (He and the previous actress share son Archie, 4, and daughter Lilibet, 23 months.)

“Prince Harry inherited a safety threat at beginning, for all times. He stays sixth in line to the throne, served two excursions of fight responsibility in Afghanistan, and lately his household has been subjected to well-documented neo-Nazi and extremist threats,” he mentioned in an announcement on the time. “Whereas his position throughout the Establishment has modified, his profile as a member of the royal household has not. Nor has the menace to him and his household.”

After the Sussexes moved to North America, they started to “personally fund a non-public safety group for his or her household,” the assertion added, however the BetterUp CIO claimed that his non-public group would wish extra assist throughout visits to his residence nation. “That safety can not replicate the mandatory police safety wanted while within the U.Okay.,” Harry continued. “In absence of such safety, Prince Harry and his household are unable to return residence.”

Earlier this yr, Harry revealed in his memoir, Spare, that he “by no means” believed he and his spouse would lose police safety. “Not on this local weather of hate. Not after what occurred to my mom,” he wrote, referring to Princess Diana‘s demise at age 36 in a 1997 automobile crash that occurred after she was chased by means of Paris by photographers.

The previous army pilot added that he didn’t suppose the safety battle would occur “within the wake of my Uncle [Prince] Andrew,” who was stripped of his royal titles in January 2022. The Duke of York, 63, was accused of sexually assaulting Virginia Giuffre when she was 17 in reference to the late Jeffrey Epstein’s intercourse trafficking ring. Andrew denied any wrongdoing and Giuffre’s lawsuit towards him was settled out of courtroom in February 2022.