Harry and Meghan hit back at cops and double down on chase claims, says source

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have doubled down on their car chase claims and were left "shocked" by the initial response to them, according to a source.

Last week a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed they, along with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, were involved in a "near catastrophic car chase" after they attended an awards ceremony in New York City.

The statement blamed "a ring of highly aggressive". It added: "This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD officers.

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"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."

Chris Sanchez — a member of the couple's security detail — told CNN the incident "could have been fatal".

The New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed an incident took place but appeared to play down the severity.

Deputy commissioner Julian Phillips said there were "numerous photographers that made their transport challenging" but insisted: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries, or arrests in regard."

An insider speaking to US Weekly has now claimed Harry and Meghan remain defiant.

The source said: "They insist their account of the car chase was absolutely not exaggerated, and for people to say otherwise is so hurtful and out of line.

"As far as staying out of sight and being scared to show their faces, that’s not going to happen.

"[This has] just strengthened their resolve to keep standing up for themselves and speaking out when they feel wronged."

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