Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic” car chase after being followed by paparazzi, according to his spokesperson.
“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” the spokesperson added.
“While being a public figure comes with a level of interest from the public, it should never come at the cost of anyone’s safety.
“Dissemination of these images, given the ways in which they were obtained, encourages a highly intrusive practice that is dangerous to all involved.”
Harry, Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland are understood to have been followed by half a dozen blacked-out vehicles which were being driven by unidentified people.
The vehicles are said to have driven on pavements, jumped red lights and reversed down a one-way street.
It is also understood at least one driver was using their phone behind the wheel.
At least one other is said to have been photographing while driving.
One of the cars is also thought to have illegally blocked a moving vehicle.
Those pursuing the Sussexes are understood to have been confronted by uniformed police multiple times but continued their pursuit.
Harry and Meghan are thought to have been staying at a private residence and did not want to compromise the security of their friend’s home.