Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “near-disastrous car chase” happened because they were too cheap to pay for a hotel, the New York Post reported, citing sources who also claimed the couple had booked The Carlyle – begged the late Princess Diana’s favorite hotel—a hotel to give her a discounted room—for her New York City getaway.
The report states that the owners of The Carlyle refused a waiver, leading the pair to stay at a friend’s house on the Upper East Side. But when paparazzi began following them from the Ziegfeld Theater in Midtown Manhattan, they didn’t want to take photographers back to their friend’s house and reveal where they were staying.
A New York City Police Department (NYPD) source told The New York Post, “They should have gotten a hotel just for everyone’s safety. Instead, they wanted cheap and free places to stay.”
“Harry and Meghan’s people called The Carlyle before the trip and asked for a discounted room, and the hotel said no. If they had just paid and gotten a hotel in the first place, it would have been ‘dangerous’ around town. The paparazzi would never have followed. They would have been escorted back to The Carlyle, photographed as they walked in, and that would have been the end of it, the report said.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been regulars at the Carlyle, which was frequented by Princess Diana.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland were “extremely upset and shaken” after being chased for two hours in what their spokesman said could be an “almost-catastrophic” incident.
The couple’s spokesperson claimed that the “chase” resulted in multiple collisions on the road between other drivers, pedestrians and two NYPD officers. While being a public figure comes with a level of public interest, it should never come at the expense of anyone’s safety.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination, and there were no collisions, summonses, injuries or arrests reported in connection with this,” the New York City Police Department said.