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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Claims about Paparazzi Car Chase are Called into Question, NYC Mayor Vows To Investigate

Back in 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris as her driver fled from aggressive paparazzi who were attempting to take her photograph against her will.

It was the defining event of Prince Harry’s childhood, and we’re sure it raced through his mind Tuesday night as he was pursued through the streets of New York City by overzealous photojournalists.

The evening began promisingly, as Harry and wife Meghan Markle attended the Ms. Foundation gala, where she received a Woman of Vision Award.

The couple was joined by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who rarely attends high-profile events, but who wanted to be on hand to see her daughter receive such a prestigious honor.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Claims about Paparazzi Car Chase are Called into Question, NYC Mayor Vows To Investigate
Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex in New York City <span class=image caption credit> Getty Images<span>

Sadly, the night descended into chaos when Harry and Meghan’s car was pursued by a pack of “highly aggressive” paparazzi after they left the ceremony.

In what must have been a terrifying ordeal, the Sussexes were reportedly pursued by 12 cars with blacked out windows, several of which ignored traffic laws and drove at high speeds in their efforts to invade the couple’s privacy.

“On Tuesday evening, May 16, the NYPD assisted the private security team protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” an NYPD spokesperson said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Harry and Meghan participate in a memorial service for the Queen <span class=image caption credit> Getty Images<span>

“There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging,” the statement continued.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests in regard.”

On social media and elsewhere, many have called the details of the Sussexes’ story into question.

Some have accused the couple of flat-out lying, arguing that it’s difficult to imagine a 13-car chase through Manhattan going on for two hours.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make an appearance at the UN<span class=image caption credit> Getty Images<span>

It’s important to note, however, that while Harry and Meghan have accused the paps of using unsafe driving methods in their pursuit, at no point did they claim that all parties were driving at high speeds for the entire two hours.

The more likely explanation is that the couple’s driver spent two hours trying to evade the pursuers so as not to lead them to where the Sussexes were staying for the night.

While he may have used evasive methods, there’s no reason to believe he was speeding.

Now, security experts have joined in on criticizing Harry and Meghan, with many alleging that the couple would not have found themselves in such a dangerous position if they had taken proper precautions.

Meghan speaks onstage during the Ms Foundation Women of Vision Awards in New York City <span class=image caption credit> Photo by Astrid StawiarzGetty Images Ms Foundation for Women<span>

“They likely did not have any formal protective training to deal with this type of situation,” Kent Moyer, president and CEO of the L.A.-based World Protection Group said to People magazine this week.

“Did they do any prior route planning? Did anyone do any kind of surveillance? And what was the plan to get out of a potential problem and did their security have any evasive driving training?”

“Did they have enough personnel within their detail?” asked Jerry Heying, the president and CEO of the New York-based International Protection Group

Meghan Markle made some very candid comments about life in the UK on her recent Netflix series <span class=image caption credit> Netflix<span>

Moyer and Heying insist that paparazzi are generally not much of a threat in the US these days.

According to Heying, with sufficient “advance work” professional teams are usually able to “minimize any potential risks” and neutralize threats.

It’s strange that Harry would be lax in that department, given his tragic history with overzealous paps.

But perhaps he’s still adjusting to life in the US — and Meghan is still getting used to this frightening level of fame.

Meghan Markle is seen here in Belfast Northern Ireland United Kingdom <span class=image caption credit> Getty Images Inc<span>

Meanwhile, New York City mayor Eric Adams has backed the Sussexes and vowed to investigate their claims.

“Public safety must always be at the forefront,” Adams told reporters on Tuesday.

“The briefing I received, two of our officers could have been injured. New York City differs from small towns. “You shouldn’t speed anywhere, but this is densely populated.”

Getty Images<span class=image caption credit>By focusing on the public safety angle Adams might be able to justify a costly investigation <span>

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By focusing on the public safety angle, Adams might be able to justify a costly investigation.

But he’s likely to receive criticism if he spends too much taxpayer money protecting “foreign dignitaries” like Harry and Meghan.

We’ll have further updates on this developing story as new information becomes available.


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Denton Black Film Festival Institute, Local Filmmakers to Begin Filming ‘Quakertown, USA’ Documentary Series This Fall

Denton Black Film Festival Institute, Local Filmmakers to Begin Filming ‘Quakertown, USA’ Documentary Series This Fall
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Quakertown, USA, a dramatic, two-part documentary series chronicling the forced removal and relocation of a thriving community of more than 400 residents in Denton, Texas, will begin production this fall, the Denton Black Film Festival Institute and Southroad Pictures announced today.

The jointly produced series, against the backdrop of early 20th century Texas, will tell the story of Quakertown representing a multi-generational tragedy impacting the families who lost their homes, their land, and their livelihoods, but the human element leans in toward stories of recovery and resiliency from these stunning acts of indifference and cruelty.

The Denton Black Film Festival Institute received $250,000 from the city of Denton toward the production of this documentary series. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise the additional funds needed to produce the series.

“We believe that the Quakertown story can become a lighthouse of illumination for the entire country,” said Linda Eaddy, film programming director, Denton Black Film Festival. 

Filming of the series Quakertown, USA will begin this winter for an anticipated release in late 2024. The series will be created by veteran filmmakers King Hollis and Lindell Singleton, the team who brought the acclaimed historical documentary about the 1936 Texas centennial, “Rising: The Hall of Negro Life,” to PBS earlier this year and their film, “Echoes from the Hill,” slated for release this Fall.

Executive Producer King Hollis said, “I am delighted to work on a series about my hometown, where I spent my summers and where my family resides. It’s a personal story. Lindell and I are pleased to continue our work on these essential historical documentary series.”

About the Denton Black Film Festival Institute

The institute evolved from the Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) to provide a platform to serve Black creatives of all backgrounds. The activities and events are open to ALL filmmakers, however, because of historical exclusion and limited participation in the film industry, we recognize a special need for support for those of the African and Black Diaspora. The Film Festival is an annual cultural event, featuring the works of seasoned and emerging filmmakers, creatives from around the country and talented college students, musicians, artists and spoken word poets. Held each January, thousands attend the celebration of storytelling in various art forms, which takes place in various venues. The next festival is slated for January 24-28, 2024, in person and extended virtually from January 28 to February 5. Website:

About Southroad Pictures

Southroad Pictures, a subsidiary of Southroad Holdings, Inc., is a global black-owned studio and creator of acclaimed content across the narrative, documentary and commercial production spaces. Building on the legacy of its founding partners, Southroad Pictures and partners exist at the leading edge of developing, producing and distributing compelling, aspirational and factual programming that makes a difference around the world.

Contact Information:
Neil Foote
CEO, Foote Communications
[email protected]
(214) 448-3765

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