It is well known that Buckingham Palace has kept a tight lid on the matter of the paparazzi car chase involving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, yet it appears that even behind closed doors in London, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not been met with much interest from the royal family. According to Page Six, a source close to the couple reported that neither Charles III nor his eldest son, William, had called Harry to discuss the incident or even to check on their wellbeing. No one was willing to give a statement to the press, not even Harry’s spokesperson, who was late in releasing the version of the facts as reported by the prince and his wife, which was later disputed by both the New York police and the taxi driver. The events took place on Tuesday, May 16th. After attending the Women of Vision Awards ceremony, where Meghan was honored for her commitment to women’s rights, the couple first got into an SUV and then a taxi, pursued by photographers. Along with them was also Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. According to a source close to the royal family who spoke to Us Weekly the day after, all three were “terrorized” and “disturbed” by the “terrible experience”. Harry and Meghan’s representative declared: “This relentless pursuit, lasting more than two hours, caused multiple collisions involving other drivers, pedestrians and two policemen.” The New York police, however, released an official note stating: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived at their destination: there are no collisions, injuries or arrests.” The taxi driver at the wheel of the second car also gave a different version of the story, claiming that the chase only lasted a few minutes, not two hours as reported by the couple. Could it be that Harry and Meghan exaggerated the details of what happened? Or are others attempting to downplay the incident? What is certain is that the silence from the royal family speaks volumes and highlights the current divide between Harry and his original family, who also failed to acknowledge the fifth anniversary of the couple’s marriage, an occasion for which the royal family had always sent their best wishes in recent years.
Royal Family: Harry & Meghan in Car Accident, No Call from Charles & William