(CMR) Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, were reportedly involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” with paparazzi in New York Tuesday night.
According to a spokesperson, the couple, along with Meghan’s mother, were followed by photographers after leaving a charity event, where Meghan was awarded.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
The incident came after the couple attended the Women of Vision Awards at New York’s Ziegfeld Ballroom. Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, also attended the event.
It was the first public event the couple attended since King Charles III's Coronation, which Meghan did not attend. Harry's mother, Princess Diana, died in a Paris car crash while being pursued by paparazzi in 1997.
“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,” the statement from the couple said Wednesday.
Prince Harry has said that his biggest fear before leaving the royal family was “history repeating itself” with his wife facing the same intense scrutiny as Diana.
He is seeking to overturn a decision by the British government to take away his specialist police protection when he is in the U.K.