Never one to miss an opportunity to take a swipe at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, British media personality Piers Morgan has used the couple’s recent claims of a “near catastrophic car chase” to take the couple to task.
After the former royal couple detailed their harrowing “near catastrophic car chase” with New York paparazzi on Tuesday, May 1, Morgan questioned the validity of their recent statement during a recent broadcast of Piers Morgan Uncensored.
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess claimed that the couple were leaving the Women of Vision Awards, when “numerous” photographers made the journey “challenging”.
The pair claims that the altercation was “relentless” and “aggressive,” which left them shaken.
“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 couple’s spokesperson said.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two 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.”
Morgan wasn’t sold on the couple’s claims, questioning the validity of their story.
“It’s not accurate. They didn’t have a two-hour (car chase),” he claimed.
“So, their statement is untrue, and they say ‘near catastrophic’, but actually there was no collision with anybody, nobody got hurt, it’s not a catastrophe, it’s not a near catastrophe.
“What it is, is them being pursued by paparazzi.”
Recollections may vary when it comes to Harry and Meghan’s “near-catastrophic” car chase…
Have they misled the public? Tune in at 8pm.@piersmorgan | @TalkTV | #PMU pic.twitter.com/lMaSsrmV81
— Piers Morgan Uncensored (@PiersUncensored) May 18, 2023
Morgan claimed, given the couple’s recent behavior in the media spotlight, that incidents such as these “come with the territory”.
“They’ve sold their private lives to the highest bidder now for the last two or three years,” he said.
“If you want to play that game and work the media that hard, for personal gain, for money, for profile, then this comes with the territory.”
Many seemed to agree with Morgan’s stance, with several of the 58 year old’s fans taking to social media to share their doubts about the incident.
This ill-fated plan was definitely hatched by her new PR firm ????????
— PotJock (@potjock) May 18, 2023
Meghan is a professional victim.
— Kevin VanHorn ???????? (@KevinWVanHorn) May 18, 2023
Did the couple come up with “near catastrophic” or their staff? They really need to stay out of the news for a few years.
— robert stone (@rob0128) May 18, 2023
They are just ridiculous shame on Harry
— Sofia Abbes (@sofiaabbes) May 18, 2023
Morgan isn’t the only one to question Harry and Meghan’s claims with a police source telling ABC News that the event was not as dire as the Sussexes’ described it.
The source says the chase had far fewer paparazzi than what the Sussexes’ spokesperson claims, and that the interaction would not have been more than 20 minutes.