Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Return To Scene Of ‘Catastrophic Car Chase’
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been out and about a lot in recent days. But one city that they’ve
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been out and about a lot in recent days. But one city that they’ve been noticeably absent from is New York. Their decision to stay away from New York is a surprising one, given the couple’s long history of time spent in the Big Apple. And it may all come down to a “horrific car chase” that they experienced the last time they were there.
Now, the royal couple is returning to the scene of that car chase for the first time. Here’s what we know.
Meghan And Harry Experience Horrific ‘Car Chase’ In New York
Back in May, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were in NYC to attend the Women of Vision Award ceremony. There, Markle was acknowledged for her humanitarian efforts and charitable work.
But the Big Apple trip turned into a harrowing experience for the Montecito royals. A spokesperson for the couple announced, “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.” The statement continued, “This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers.” It concluded, “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.”
The couple alleged a number of traffic violations incurred during the chase including driving on the pavement and through red lights, reversing down a one-way street, illegally blocking a moving vehicle, and driving while photographing and while on the phone. But shortly after the news about the incident broke, eyewitnesses called their account into question and accused them of making a mountain out of a molehill.
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Return To Scene Of Catastrophic ‘Car Chase’
Nonetheless, the royal couple decided to take some time out of the public eye to recuperate from the event. Now, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are returning to New York City for the first time since the car chase.
They will arrive in New York in time to celebrate World Mental Health Day on October 10. Not only will this mark the Sussex’s first return to New York. It will also mark the Archewell Foundation‘s first in-person event since it first launched in 2020. Archewell was established by Markle and Harry as a force to “do good,” the website explains. They engage with charitable works and identify causes that need attention.
This October, they will be hosting the Archewell Foundation Parents’ Summit: Mental Wellness in a Digital Age. The summit was created to honor people “who have experienced tragic loss connected to their child’s social media use.” Anti-bullying and children’s causes are at the forefront of Markle and Harry’s charitable works. And this year’s summit aligns with those principles.
Neither Meghan Markle nor Prince Harry has mentioned what it will be like to return to the scene of the car chase. But they are undoubtedly mentally preparing for the toll it will take. After all, Harry’s beloved mother Princess Diana died in a car crash. So even if the incident wasn’t as “catastrophic” as originally claimed, it likely left a scar on the rattled royals.