the american journalist megyn kelly called Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s claims about an alleged “silly” two-hour chase through the streets of New York after leaving an event at the Ziegfeld Theater on Tuesday night.
This morning, a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reported that the couple along with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, suffered a persecution automotive “almost catastrophic” in New York by paparazzi “very aggressive”which came close to causing several collisions.
“I lived in Manhattan for 17 years and it’s not possible to have a 2 hour ‘car chase’ there”the former Fox News host tweeted in response to Page Six’s story about the incident recalling the unfortunate incident in which Princess Diana lost her life in 1997.
“Too many street lights/stop signs, too much foot/car traffic, and hundreds of places you could safely stop for protection”continued the critics from Kelly about the incident reported by the couple.
According to what was reported by the US media, the trio was leaving an award ceremony held at the Ziegfeld Theater in an SUV while the paparazzi followed them, so they decided to change the van for a yellow taxi in the hope of avoiding the police. “flashes” of the photographers.
According to the couple’s spokesperson, the “persecution” lasted “more than two hours” and allegedly two agents of the New York Police Department (NYPD, for its acronym in English) witnessed the events.
The journalist continued with her criticsthis time addressed to Markle by warning that “If they really want to avoid the paparazzi, perhaps the Duchess should stop wearing them so obviously when she wants to see herself in the paper.”.
Everything to lose the photographers
A source told Page Six that one of the cameramen chasing the group hit the vehicle they were traveling in, while another nearly ran over a city police officer.
“Started with 12 paparazzi, then ended with four chasing (Meghan, Harry and Ragland)”the source told the outlet before adding that the dukes’ security “did everything possible to lose (the photographers).”
The outlet claims that once they got into the taxi, Harry used his cell phone to record the chaos.
Uniformed NYPD officers confronted the paparazzi, but the photojournalists ignored the warnings and continued to pursue the couple and Meghan’s 66-year-old mother, the report published by Page Six continues,
“Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Ragland were involved in a near catastrophic car chase at the hands of a very aggressive paparazzi ring.”was informed by the spokesman for the Sussexes to Page Six.
“This persecution relentless, lasting for more than two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians, and two New York police officers,” the statement offered to the media explained.
“While being a public figure comes with a level of public interest, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety,” the couple’s representative added.
Meghan’s mother was left “terrified” by the ordeal and that “everyone is still upset, to say the least. It was horriblesays a source.
The journalist, who called Meghan Markle “the duchess of duplicity” on her SiriusXM podcast on Wednesday, according to the New York Post, expressed her doubts regarding the couple’s statements.
“I mean, almost catastrophic is what we all have every time we look down to change the radio while driving in our cars or foolish enough to check a text message or our phones while driving.”Kelly said.
Meanwhile, the police said that the persecution it was relatively short and did not result in injuries, crashes or arrests, and did not warrant further investigation. But the incident highlighted the real security fears surrounding the couple and the trauma caused by the death of Enrique’s mother when he was only 12 years old.
The taxi driver who took them from the police station said he instantly recognized his passengers and that the paparazzi “They were following us the whole time”although he noted that he would not call it a persecution.
“They had this look on their faces,” said the driver, Sukhcharn Singh. “Suddenly the paparazzi came out and started taking pictures.”
Freedom of the press in the US
The former NBC News correspondent said she had many questions on the subject, alleging a “history of lying” and accused them of “exaggerating” the alleged persecution of cars and mentioned the couple’s complaints that the press invades their privacy.
“Well, I’m sorry, you two, but you’re in America now”Kelly sentenced.
“And in the United States, the press has the right to photograph you when you are in a public place, on the street or leaving a place like the Ziegfeld Theatre,” he stressed.
“They have also followed me, but it is part of life in this country where we still have freedom of the press.”said the former Fox News star, who recalled being chased in Manhattan while visiting a plastic surgeon’s office to remove a small cancerous lesion on her skin.
“Don’t you like it? Come home, for God’s sake!” the journalist recommended before adding, “Take your wife with you. I don’t know how we get on you to begin with,” Kelly said.
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