A timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 'near-catastrophic automotive chase' by Manhattan

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been chased by paparazzi after leaving an occasion on Tuesday evening.
  • Your complete ordeal lasted round two hours and was “close to catastrophic,” in response to their reps.
  • “The general public have been in jeopardy at a number of factors,” a member of the royals’ safety element informed CNN.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland have been “chased” by paparazzi after leaving an occasion in Manhattan on Tuesday evening, in response to a press release from the royal couple’s reps.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes mentioned a “ring of extremely aggressive paparazzi” adopted the royals whereas they have been on their method residence from an award ceremony and that the “near-catastrophic chase” lasted “over two hours.”

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in a number of close to collisions involving different drivers on the highway, pedestrians, and two NYPD officers,” a spokesperson for the Sussexes mentioned in a press release shared by royals reporter Omid Scobie.

Here is a timeline of the occasions.

Round 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Harry and Meghan left the Ziegfeld Ballroom on West 54th Avenue

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry outside the Hertz rental car facility on May 16, 2023

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exterior the Hertz rental automotive facility on Could 16, 2023.

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On Tuesday evening, Harry, Meghan, and Ragland attended the Ms. Basis Girls of Imaginative and prescient Awards ceremony in Manhattan, the place Meghan gave a speech. It marked the royal couple’s first official joint look in 5 months.

The couple had entered the Ziegfeld Ballroom, the place the occasion was held, by way of a close-by Hertz car-rental location, with a purpose to dodge photographers on the way in which in, a witness informed the New York Submit.

After the occasion, round 10 p.m., they have been once more seen close to the Hertz on West fifty fifth Avenue. They entered an SUV and started their journey, video from The Telegraph reveals.

Earlier than the reported chase started, a video confirmed Harry and Meghan being swarmed by photographers. One paparazzo tried to get Meghan’s consideration by asking her about being from “two damaged households,” seemingly alluding to her strained relationship along with her father, Thomas Markle, and Prince Harry’s rift with King Charles and Prince William.

For 75 minutes, Harry, Meghan, Ragland, and a safety guard reportedly traveled in an SUV up and down a Manhattan parkway whereas photographers adopted

Unnamed law-enforcement sources informed NBC Information that photographers adopted the couple for 75 minutes up and down the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, which runs alongside the east facet of Manhattan.

Six autos with blacked-out home windows adopted the group, in order that they could not see who was following them, Scobie reported.

Scobie tweeted that the drivers dedicated multiple traffic violations as they pursued the Sussexes and Ragland, together with “driving on a sidewalk, going by purple lights, reversing down a one-way avenue, driving whereas photographing and illegally blocking a transferring automobile.”

Police did not arrest anybody associated to the incident, and did not verify how lengthy the ordeal lasted.

“The NYPD assisted the non-public safety crew defending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex” on Tuesday evening, Julian Phillips, an NYPD spokesman informed Insider in a press release.

The assertion continued: “There have been quite a few photographers that made their transport difficult. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their vacation spot and there have been no reported collisions, summonses, accidents, or arrests in regard.”

Chris Sanchez, a member of the safety crew defending Harry and Meghan, informed CNN, “I’ve by no means seen, skilled something like this. What we have been coping with was very chaotic. There have been a couple of dozen autos: vehicles, scooters, and bicycles.”

“The general public have been in jeopardy at a number of factors,” he continued. “It may have been deadly. They have been leaping curbs and purple lights. At one level they blocked the limousine and began taking footage till we have been in a position to get out.”

The social gathering arrived on the NYPD’s nineteenth Precinct Station Home

The nineteenth Precinct Station Home, which is on East 67th Avenue between Lexington and Third avenues, is 1.4 miles from the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

The group stayed on the nineteenth precinct for quarter-hour earlier than leaving in a New York Metropolis yellow taxi, the Each day Mail reported.

quarter-hour after arriving on the precinct, Harry, Meghan, Ragland, and Sanchez received right into a cab exterior

The cab’s driver, Sukhcharn Singh, informed the Washington Submit he picked up Harry, Meghan, “an older Black lady,” and a safety guard exterior the precinct round 11 p.m. He mentioned he received the impression from the group that paparazzi had already pursued them earlier than they received in his automotive.

Sanchez, the member of the safety crew, informed CNN that Harry and Meghan switched vehicles in the course of the automotive chase in an effort to evade the paparazzi.

Singh mentioned he drove the group the block and a half to Park Avenue earlier than turning south. Singh informed the Submit that a couple of minutes into the journey, the safety guard touring with them was rising “involved” about two autos following them: a black Honda Accord and an older grey Honda CR-V.

A video TMZ posted confirmed the couple in a yellow taxi, caught in site visitors, as photographers recorded them by the home windows.

“They stored following us and have been coming subsequent to the automotive,” Singh informed the Submit. “They took footage as we stopped and have been filming us.”

The cab was additionally being escorted by NYPD autos with flashing lights.

After 10 minutes within the cab, the group returned to the nineteenth Precinct, on the request of the safety crew

The safety guard requested Singh to return to their authentic pickup level, petrified of the photographers figuring out their closing vacation spot, the Submit reported.

“I do not assume I might name it a chase,” Singh informed the Submit of the journey. “I by no means felt like I used to be in peril. It wasn’t like a automotive chase in a film. They have been quiet and appeared scared but it surely’s New York — it is protected.”

Harry, Meghan, Ragland, and Sanchez exited the precinct and received into one other automotive with out being adopted

They left undisturbed and arrived on the house the place they have been staying, NBC Information reported.

Buckingham Palace informed Insider that the incident “is not one thing we’re commenting on.”