In the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's recent incident in New York City involving an alleged car chase, commentators have sparked a controversy by suggesting that the couple is attempting to cast Markle as a modern Princess Diana. Rita Panahi, a television presenter, and Kinsey Schofield, a royal commentator, scrutinized this portrayal in a recent episode of "The Rita Panahi Show."
Panahi pointed out what she perceives as a pattern in which Harry, or even Meghan herself, seemingly steps into Diana's role. "I don't know, it's just a little bit weird and unhealthy...To use her memory or misuse her memory in that way is really again quite grotesque," she asserted.
Echoing Panahi's sentiments, Schofield insisted that Prince Harry's recounting of the events was not entirely truthful. "Yeah, I mean Harry lied, Diana died. It's the grossest thing I've ever seen," Schofield, who also hosts the royal podcast "To Di For Daily," said.
Schofield went on to challenge the couple's choice of staying in a private residence and suggested that Harry, in particular, should enhance their security arrangements. She raised questions over their decision not to use a hotel's parking garage to avoid the paparazzi, a common practice among celebrities in New York City.
"There are a lot of questions being raised in regards to this accident, it was in poor taste, and I think it sent us all for a loop on Wednesday because we were so sincerely concerned until we realized what the details were," added Schofield.
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Paul Burrell, former butler to Princess Diana, also chimed in on the incident. He argued that it was unfair to draw parallels between the alleged car chase involving the Sussexes and the tragic circumstances that led to Princess Diana's demise. He described the recent incident as a "total exaggeration."
"Diana was actually avoiding the press, the night she died. Meghan and Harry were courting the press on the night that they had their car chased in Manhattan," Burrell stated during an appearance on "GB News."
While Burrell voiced his support for the royal family's working members, he expressed skepticism about the details of the incident presented by Harry's spokesperson, dismissing the descriptions of a "near catastrophic" car chase and a "relentless pursuit" as overblown.