The agency will not share car chase photos with Harry and Meghan

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A photo agency that photographed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a “near-disastrous car chase” is refusing to release the images.

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The Duke and Duchess’ legal team sent a letter to Backgrid, urging it to “promptly provide us with copies of any photos, videos and/or films” taken by paparazzi after the couple announced Tuesday’s Ms. Foundation 2023 Women of Vision Awards had left night.

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Backgrid responded with a letter of its own: BBC News reported.

“As I’m sure you know, property in America belongs to the owner: third parties cannot simply demand that it be handed over to them, as Kings might be able to do,” the California-based photo agency’s letter read.

“Perhaps you should sit down with your client and inform him that his English Rules of Royal Prerogatives, which require the citizenry to surrender their property to the Crown, were long ago rejected by this country,” it said . “We stand by our founding fathers.”

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Backgrid denied the couple’s claims, but investigated the behavior of four freelance photographers, who said they felt the couple was never in “imminent danger,” according to the outlet.

The car carrying Harry, Meghan, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and a security guard drove to a police station to break up the pursuit.

A taxi driver, Sukhcharn “Sonny” Singh, was briefly involved in the chase when his taxi was stopped by the police station.

They were only going a block when his cab “was blocked by a garbage truck and suddenly paparazzi came and started taking pictures,” so Singh drove back to the station.


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“Last night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Mrs Ragland were involved in a near-disastrous car chase by a group of extremely aggressive paparazzi,” a spokesman for the couple said in a statement, detailing the “relentless pursuit” that lasted two hours and resulted in “multiple near misses involving other drivers in the street, pedestrians and two NYPD officers.”

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Her spokesman added: “While acting as a public figure entails some interest from the public, it should never come at the expense of anyone’s safety.”

The NYPD confirmed that paparazzi made the couple’s ride “challenging” and authorities were backing Harry and Meghan’s security team.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported clashes, subpoenas, injuries or arrests,” the statement said.

Harry has lashed out at the paparazzi for years, comparing photographers stalking his mother to “a pack of dogs.”

Princess Diana died from injuries sustained in a car accident after paparazzi chased the vehicle she was in through the streets of Paris in 1997.

“To see another woman in my life that I love, I have to go through this binge eating,” he said in the Netflix documentary Harry and Megan. “This is difficult.”


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