Conflicting reports on Harry and Meghan's 'near catastrophic car chase'

Doubts have been cast on claims by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's to have been involved in a “near-catastrophic” car chase in New York.

Harry and Meghan were followed by paparazzi after attending an awards ceremony with the duchess’s mother Doria Ragland on Tuesday.

Despite claims the three of them were subjected to a “relentless pursuit” involving half a dozen blacked-out vehicles, taxi driver Sukhcharn Singh said he drove the group and a security guard for 10 minutes before returning to the police station he had picked them up from, at the security guard's request.

Speaking to TalkTV's Piers Morgan he said: “They were nervous. You could see the look on their faces," he said, adding they bid him good night when he dropped them off at the police station where they got back into an SUV.

Asked if he had witnessed a car chase, he said: “Not when they got into my cab, we just went around the block and two cars were tailing us, behind us, with the camera and that was it. The chase must have happened before me.

“We went back to the police precinct and they exited and they thanked me and I thanked them as well and then they exited my car. They paid well.”

Quizzed on whether he thought the events of last night had been overblown, he said: “I don’t know what they went through last night, right, because I only had interaction with them for 15 minutes and they seemed very nervous when they were in my cab.

"I don’t think I would call it a chase," he said, adding that two vehicles had followed them and come next to the car, taking pictures and filming.

In an earlier statement on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: “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.

“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.

“Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all involved.”

The New York mayor described the paparazzi who allegedly pursued Harry and Meghan at high speed through the city as “reckless and irresponsible”.

In a speech on Wednesday, Eric Adams condemned the photographers who are said to have followed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a “near-catastrophic” two-hour chase on Tuesday.

He added that it would be “horrific” for Harry to be involved in an accident similar to the one that killed his mother Diana in 1997.

The mayor said: “The briefing I received, two of our (police) officers could have been injured.

“New York City is different from a small town somewhere (…) this is a densely populated city.

“I don’t think there’s many of us who don’t recall how his mum died, and it would be horrific to lose an innocent bystander during a chase like this and something to have happened to them.

“So I think that was a bit reckless and irresponsible.”