Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from their royal duties in 2020. There were several reasons for the drastic move. One of the main reasons that the couple stepped back was to get relief from the paparazzi culture, which is so well-entrenched in the royal family. To escape that, Harry and Meghan moved to the United States. But the couple does not seem to get respite from the vultures that are the paparazzi.
In May 2023, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were involved in a near-death paparazzi car chase in New York. The couple, along with Meghan’s mother, attended an honorary ceremony at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. After the ceremony, they were leaving the venue, and the paparazzi car started chasing them for a picture on the streets of New York. As per their security personnel’s account, the chase was “chaotic,” and it could have led to fatalities. Now, Princess Diana’s ex-bodyguard has chimed in to talk about the car chase.
Lee Sansum, Princess Diana’s Ex-Bodyguard, Says That The Paparazzi Are Very Intrusive
Princess Diana had been the victim of the paparazzi culture. She died in an unfortunate car accident in Paris in 1997. Before the accident near the Seine River, paparazzi were chasing her to get a picture of her with her then-boyfriend, Dodi Fayed. Now, her son and daughter-in-law could have met with the same fate due to the erratic behavior of the photographers.
Now, Princess Diana‘s ex-bodyguard, Lee Sansum, has spoken to Fox News about the near-fatal paparazzi car chase. During the interview, he said, “I think really from the information that we’re reading — that is put out by the press and whoever — I think we’re only getting a part of the story.”
He continued, “Whether it’s entirely the correct story, it’s a version of the story. But from my experience in the past, the paparazzi, the people taking the photographs… they are so intrusive. And eventually, it just breaks you down.”
Sansum added, “Initially, you can just can get on with it and you can kind of put up with it. But it’s very oppressive. And eventually, even the coolest of us, you’re just, ‘Enough, man.'”
The Bodyguard Hints At How People Got Jeopardized During Prince Harry And Meghan Markle’s Car Chase
During an interview with CNN, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s security personnel talked about how the whole chase endangered the pedestrians’ lives. He said, “The public was in jeopardy at several points. It could have been fatal. They were jumping curbs and red lights. At one point they blocked the limousine (carrying the couple) and started taking pictures until we were able to get out.”
Princess Diana’s bodyguard also hinted at the same point that these fanatic paparazzi behaviors threaten the lives of the common people. He said, “I find it absolutely crazy that these people are allowed to do this and put the public at risk, chasing people. We say ‘chasing,’ we assume that they’re going really fast.”
Lee added, “They don’t have to be going fast, but they’re cutting people off… They’re advancing through traffic in an aggressive manner to catch a vehicle, to take a photograph that is going to make them money. And it’s putting people at risk.”
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