The taxi driver who chauffeured Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their alleged New York City "near catastrophic car chase" is now telling his side of the story. According to Sukhcharn "Sonny" Singh, the high-stakes narrative has been blown out of proportion, even though he acknowledges that the royal couple appeared "nervous."
The Sussexes found themselves at the center of media attention following claims of a harrowing car chase by aggressive paparazzi. However, Singh, the unsuspecting cab driver at the heart of the incident, disputes the alleged peril of the situation.
He recounted the events to the BBC, "I was on 67th Street when their security guard hailed me. Before I knew it, Prince Harry and his wife were getting into my taxi." Singh mentioned a brief halt due to a garbage truck and the ensuing swarm of photographers. But he said that the couple's security was "on it."
"The Sussexes looked nervous. I think they had been pursued throughout the day," Singh said. However, he argued that the claims of danger were excessive, stating, "I don't think that's true, I think that's all exaggerated... They were behind us. I mean, they kept up with us, but nothing more. They kept their distance."
Singh further expressed his conviction in the safety of New York City, stating that "there's no reason to be afraid in New York," attributing his confidence to the consistent police presence.
Despite contesting the intensity of the reported incident, Singh spoke highly of Harry and Meghan, calling them "nice people". He also mentioned that the couple generously tipped $50 for a short 10-minute drive, which he found delightful, adding, "What can you ask for? You can't beat that!"
In response to the event, the NYPD released a statement confirming the existence of an incident, yet refuted the chaos that was reported. The statement 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."