Julia Hartley-Brewer: 'Harry and Meghan fans to blame for paparazzi'

TalkTV's Julia Hartley-Brewer has said fans of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are responsible after the couple were reportedly chased for two hours by paparazzi in New York.

"I can sympathise with Harry and Megan wanting a private life," she said. "They wanted to have some privacy and they have every right to do that.

"But I find it extraordinary that those most outraged are Megan and Harry fans who think they're terribly hard done by, that the royal family is racist, and the media are a pack of wolves.

"If you search online for pictures of Harry and Meghan, if you buy the magazines that have these pictures, you are driving the market. You are the ones responsible for the paparazzi getting paid for those pictures.

"If you don't want Harry and Megan bombarded by paparazzi stop looking for the photographs."

It comes after are conflicting reports emerged about the timeline of events after the couple left a gala awards ceremony in Manhattan.

A statement released by their spokesman 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."

New York mayor Eric Adams described the photographers who pursued the couple as "reckless and irresponsible," adding it would be "horrific" if Harry were involved in an accident similar to the one that killed his mother in 1997.

But he added it was hard to believe the "chase" lasted two-hours: "If it's 10 minutes, a 10-minute chase is extremely dangerous in New York City."

Julia said: "The phrase everyone is using is, to quote the Queen, 'recollections may vary'. As more and more detail comes out, it seems less catastrophic."

TalkRadio's royal correspondent Rupert Bell said: "Clearly, there was something going on which the NYPD have acknowledged. But to suggest there was a car chase around New York feels as if their statement has slightly been embellished.

"For Harry, Diana's death is one of his defining moments, and it has caused him great mental hardship to suddenly find himself in a what might seem like a similar situation."