NYC Mayor Adams expresses skepticism about Prince Harry, Meghan Markle 'car chase'

"I would find it hard to believe that there was a two-hour high speed chase," Adams said.

Published: May 18, 2023 7:52am

Updated: May 18, 2023 10:20am

New York City Democrat Mayor Eric Adams says he finds it "hard to believe" the car chase involving the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lasted for two hours. 

"I would find it hard to believe that there was a two-hour high speed chase," Adams said after reports came out on the incident Tuesday. 

He added that the duration of the chase wasn't clear. 

A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said Wednesday the couple, as well as Markle's mother, were in a "near catastrophic car chase" with paparazzi in New York.

The "relentless pursuit" lasted more than two hours on Tuesday, the spokesperson said, according to the BBC.

The NYPD put out a statement of what happened, stating there were no reported collisions or injuries. 

"On [Tuesday] evening, May 16, the NYPD assisted the private security team protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging," the statement reads. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests in regard."

Taxi driver Sukhcharn Singh, who says he picked the couple up from their event Tuesday night, told the Washington Post that he wouldn't refer to what happened as a "chase."

"I don't think I would call it a chase," Singh told the outlet, estimating the trip took roughly 10 minutes. "I never felt like I was in danger. It wasn't like a car chase in a movie. They were quiet and seemed scared but it's New York – it's safe."

Adams addressed that even if the chase was ten minutes, that's still a concern. 

"If it's 10 minutes, a 10-minute chase is extremely dangerous," he said.

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