Decades before Prince Harry's Manhattan car chase, his mother died in a car crash involving paparazzi
A spokesperson for the Sussexes said they were involved in a "near catastrophic car chase" in NYC.
Harry's mother, Princess Diana, died following a car crash in 1997 after being chased by paparazzi.
Harry has repeatedly voiced his fears of history repeating itself with Meghan.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes said in a statement that Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, were in a "near catastrophic car chase" involving a "ring of highly aggressive paparazzi" in New York City on Tuesday night.
The scenario reminded many of Princess Diana's death following a car crash in Paris, France, while being chased by paparazzi.
In the early hours of August 31, 1997, Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, were in a black Mercedes-Benz when their driver attempted to outrun paparazzi and hit a pillar in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel. The driver, Henri Paul, and Fayed died at the scene, and Diana later died in hospital.
In the 2017 documentary "Diana, 7 Days," Harry spoke out against the photographers who he said caused the crash that killed his mother, and who continued taking pictures of her as she lay injured.
"One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying on the back seat of the car," he said. "William and I know that, we have been told that numerous times by people who know that was the case. She had quite a severe head injury but was still very much alive on the back seat and those who caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying. And then those photographs made their way back to news desks in this country."
Harry has repeatedly voiced concerns about history repeating itself
In 2016, while Harry and Meghan were dating, Harry's communications secretary released a statement condemning "the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed," saying that Harry was "worried about Ms. Markle's safety."
In his 2021 Apple+ TV series "The Me You Can't See," Harry also spoke about fearing for Meghan's safety while they were working royals.
"My biggest regret is not making more of a stance earlier on in my relationship with my wife and calling out the racism when I did," Harry said. "History was repeating itself. My mother was chased to her death while she was in a relationship with someone that wasn't white and now look what's happened. You want to talk about history repeating itself, they're not going to stop until she dies."
In his 2023 memoir "Spare," Harry wrote that while in Paris for the 2007 Rugby World Cup semifinal, he asked his driver to take him through the tunnel where Diana was killed in an attempt to find closure.
"I'd always imagined the tunnel as some treacherous passageway, inherently dangerous, but it was just a short, simple, no-frills tunnel," he wrote. "No reason anyone should ever die inside it."
Correction: May 18, 2023 — The headline and lede of this story originally included an unattributed quote from the Sussex spokesperson. The headline now reads that Prince Harry and Meghan were in a car chase, not a "near catastrophic car chase," while the lede credits the couples' spokesperson with the quote.
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