Former NYPD detective slams Harry and Meghan car chase as 'total rubbish!'
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Published: 17/05/2023- 21:26
Updated: 17/05/2023- 21:34
Bo Dietl has blasted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's claims of a "relentless pursuit" by paparazzi as "made up drama" by the couple.
The American retired NYPD detective said their story is "the most ridiculous sounding thing" and insists that the police will be able to investigate the incident due to the vast number of street cameras in New York City.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and her mother Doria were involved in a "near catastrophic car chase" involving paparazzi according to a spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex.
But speaking to Nigel Farage on GB News, Dietl said: "I think this is rubbish. This to me is the most ridiculous sounding thing in the world and I've been in the security business and retired from the Police Department for 38 years.
"First of all, the most important thing is the safety of the person that you're guarding.
"The principle is the most important thing and they want you to believe for two hours they were chased by five blacked out SUV's, chasing them all through red lights, through speeds, hitting other cars, maybe hitting cops.
"This is, I think, part of the drama that is being made-up by them and again, you have cameras on every corner in New York City. This is going to be very easy to get the cameras and the police to investigate this."
The incident occurred after the Sussexes had attended an awards ceremony in New York on Tuesday.
Dietl added: "If someone's chasing you, why would you put your principal's lives in jeopardy?
"And then you get out of the car, you go into a yellow cab. Nothing makes sense. I would like to know who the security is that they're using, who hired it, Stevie Wonder? I mean, this is ridiculous. I never heard anything like this."
Following Harry and Meghan's statement about the incident, the Mayor of New York told reporters that he "finds it hard to believe" that a two hour high-speed chase took place.
Speaking at a press conference, Eric Adams said that even a ten minute chase "is extremely dangerous in New York City".
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and her mother Doria were involved in a 'near catastrophic car chase' involving paparazzi according to a spokesperson
The taxi driver who picked up the Sussexes has also played down the incident saying: "I don't think I would call it a chase", according to the Washington Post.
He added that the couple were "quiet and seemed scared" as they sat in the back of his car for around 10 minutes.
Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal roles in 2020 and moved to the United States partly because of what they described as intense media harassment.