Harry & Meghan: 'To compare their 'chase' with the one in Paris that killed Princess Diana is sad, wrong and distasteful'

The photo agency alleged to have chased Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a "near catastrophic" car chase in New York have refused to hand over their images.

In a letter to celebrity news agency Backgrid, the couple's lawyers said: "We hereby demand that Backgrid immediately provide us with copies of all photos, videos, and/or films taken last night by the freelance photographers after the couple left their event and over the next several hours."

The agency replied with a scathing, mocking letter insisting it was not the Duke and Duchess's place to issue such demands.

"In America, as I’m sure you know, property belongs to the owner of it: Third parties cannot just demand it be given to them, as perhaps Kings can do," the statement read.

“Perhaps you should sit down with your client and advise them that his English rules of royal prerogative to demand that the citizenry hand over their property to the Crown were rejected by this country long ago. We stand by our founding fathers.”

Harry and Meghan were followed by paparazzi after attending an awards ceremony in Manhattan with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.

The couple claimed to have been “relentlessly pursued" by six blacked-out vehicles, but taxi driver Sunny Singh told TalkTV he drove the group and a security guard for 10 minutes before returning them to a police station.

Speaking to TalkTV's Piers Morgan, Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell said: "This drama unfolding on the other side of the Atlantic is to make them more relevant, to bring them back into the public spotlight. As our dear, late Queen said: 'Recollections may vary'.

"To make any comparisons with the car chase in Paris which took Princess Diana's life and the one in Manhattan is really very sad, wrong and distasteful."

TalkTV's Mike Graham said: "Can we stop calling it a two hour chase? Sitting in a police station is not a chase, neither is sitting in a stationary taxi. He's got the best protection money can buy, there was no need for him to be panicking."

The agency previously said it did not condone harassment or illegal activity and that it was conducting a detailed investigation.