Harry and Meghan have apparently not been contacted by any members of the royal family following their ‘near-catastrophic’ car chase.
The couple and Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland said they were followed by paparazzi after attending an awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday evening.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biographer, Omid Scobie, claimed neither King Charles or Prince William had contacted Harry following the incident.
‘It’s impossible not to think of Princess Diana when we hear about car accidents and this kind of aggressive paparazzi chase,’ he told BBC Newsnight.
‘So I was really surprised to hear… that not one member of the royal family, including King Charles and Prince William – who obviously [were] heavily affected by Princess Diana’s death – has reached out to Prince Harry, hours after the news had broken.’
Having left the ceremony at around 10pm, they were chased by a ‘gang’ of around six paparazzi vehicles.
It is claimed the three of them were subjected to a ‘relentless pursuit’ which lasted two hours through the streets of New York.
They were forced to take refuge in police stations as they struggled to shake off photographers, they say.
Members of the royal family have not yet reached out to Harry and Meghan, it is claimed (Picture: Getty Images)
At one point they left a police station in a taxi, which they hoped would act as a decoy, but it did not work and photos were taken of them, it is claimed.
They made it back to a private residence at 12.30am after waiting it out at another police station, it is understood.
The three of them were staying at a private residence and did not want to compromise the security of their friend’s home.
An initial statement from a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: ‘Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms Ragland were involved in a near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi.
‘This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers.
‘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.
‘Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all involved.’
Prince Harry’s former bodyguard hit out and said police should have ‘properly stage managed’ the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s security.
The couple believe the incident could have been fatal, as they say it involved six blacked-out vehicles with unidentified people driving recklessly and endangering other people around them.
Shortly after the release of the statement, a source said Harry, Meghan and Doria were ‘understandably shaken but thankful everyone’s safe’.
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