Despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's recent claims of a high-stress paparazzi car chase in New York City, it appears that no members of the royal family have contacted them to check in.
Following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's allegation of a "near catastrophic car chase" involving "highly aggressive paparazzi" on Tuesday, May 16, a reliable source disclosed that neither Charles III, the reigning king, Queen Camilla, nor Harry's brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, have been in touch.
Harry and Meghan found themselves at the center of this alleged incident after Meghan received recognition at the Women of Vision Awards at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. This comes amidst the couple's strained relationship with the royal family since their decision to step down from their senior royal roles in 2020.
A NYPD officer has downplayed the incident, deeming it a "bogus story", despite claims from the couple of being "extremely upset and shaken" after a purported two-hour chase.
Present during the incident was Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, who accompanied her daughter, the event's guest of honor.
A statement from Harry and Meghan's representative detailed the frightful event. It read in part, "This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers."
Public figures, the statement noted, ought to expect interest from the public, but not "at the cost of anyone's safety."
The NYPD refuted this account, stating: "On Tuesday evening, May 16, the NYPD assisted the private security team protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 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."
New York City's Mayor, Eric Adams, also questioned the couple's narrative, expressing skepticism over a purported "two-hour high-speed chase." He did, however, acknowledge the danger, asserting, "But if it's 10 minutes, a 10-minute chase is extremely dangerous."