Whoopi Goldberg does not believe the reports of a paparazzi car chase of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after leaving an awards ceremony in New York City.
“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were followed by paparazzi while leaving the Ziegfeld Theatre. Their spokesperson called it a ‘near-catastrophic car chase,’” Goldberg said on The View. “Others said it wasn’t bad, but I think people in New York know if it was possible to have car chases in New York, we’d all make it to the theater on time.”
She added, “I think their spokesperson referenced something that you generally would reference in Los Angeles. That’s where you have chases. That’s where you can move at high speeds.”
To close out her belief, Goldberg said, “It just doesn’t work in New York.”
New York City mayor Eric Adams slammed paparazzi who reportedly engaged in a “near catastrophic” car chase of Prince Harry, Megan Markle, and her mother Doria Ragland on Tuesday night (May 17).
Speaking during a public safety announcement, Adams spoke against the actions of the evening, citing “public safety must always be at the forefront.”
Adams said, “I don’t think there’s many of us who don’t recall how [Prince Harry’s] mom died, and it would be horrific to lose innocent bystanders during a chase like this, and something to have happened to them as well, so I think we have to be extremely responsible.”
According to Variety, Harry and Meghan were in New York City at an awards ceremony and were chased in a car by paparazzi as they departed.
“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,” a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan 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.”
The spokesperson added, “Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all in involved.”
Additional details from Sky News, state Harry, Meghan, and her mother were chased by a half dozen blacked-out cars, which jumped pavements, ran red lights, and reversed down one-way streets. Drivers in the cars are said to have been taking pictures while driving and did not stop at the requests of uniformed police.
The Sussexes and Ms. Ragland are “understandably shaken but thankful everyone’s safe.”
The Duchess of Sussex, Markle, was honored at the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 2023 Women of Vision Awards.
The moment evokes memories of the death of Harry’s mother, Lady Diana, who died in a 1997 car crash initially believed also to be caused by a paparazzi car chase.