'Lack of chemistry' between Prince Harry, Meghan and bodyguards

Prince Harry's former bodyguard has said his security team lack experience, following their claims of a “near catastrophic car chase” in New York.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were followed by paparazzi after attending an awards ceremony with the Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, on Tuesday.

The couple have claimed they were subjected to a two-hour “relentless pursuit” involving six blacked-out vehicles that endangered the royal convoy and everyone around them.

Ken Wharfe, who used to take Harry to school when he was three years old, said his current security were “unaware of what the dilemmas seem to be”.

“There seems to be a lack of chemistry between them and Harry and Meghan," he said. “The departure from the hotel was chaotic before they began their whacky drive through New York.

“Harry needs to be part of the planning. He knows the dangers better than anyone. You need a relationship with the people you are protecting. Until that happens, things like this will happen again.”

Unconfirmed reports suggest the photographers were confronted by uniformed police several times but continued the pursuit.

Mr Wharfe added: “There seemed to be no planning on that night. After two to three minutes you should put in place a contingency plan. To run around New York and hope the (paparazzi) will go away is foolish.”

Harry and Meghan are said to accept a heightened level of attention when they are at public events, and in this case they exited and entered the venue publicly, allowing photographers to get pictures.

On Wednesday New York mayor Eric Adams described the photographers as “reckless and irresponsible”.

The New York Police Department, which deployed officers to help escort the duke and duchess, said “numerous photographers” had “made their transport difficult” on Tuesday.

The statement said there were “no reported collisions, summonses, injuries or arrests”.