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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle slam 'hurtful' reaction to 'near-fatal' car chase

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are standing their ground and are "not scared"

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle certainly didn’t expect the backlash they received over their alleged “exaggerated” car chase story.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were involved in a “near catastrophic” car chase in New York earlier this month, are “shocked” over the “hurtful” reaction following the incident.

Speaking to Us Weekly, a source revealed that the former royals “insist their account of the car chase was absolutely not exaggerated, and for people to say otherwise is so hurtful and out of line.”

They also noted that despite the outcry, Harry and Meghan are not looking to “stay out of sight” of the public, noting that they are “not scared.”

“[This has] just strengthened their resolve to keep standing up for themselves and speaking out when they feel wronged,” the insider added.

The couple’s publicist, Ashley Hansen, also slammed the rumors that the incident was exaggerated, saying, “Respectfully, considering the duke’s family history, one would have to think nothing of the couple or anybody associated with them to believe this was any sort of PR stunt,” she told Page Six, alluding to Princess Diana’s fatal car chase in 1997.

“Quite frankly, I think that’s abhorrent,” she lamented.

Harry and Meghan were returning from Ms. Foundation’s Women of Vision Awards at the Ziegfeld Ballroom with the latter’s mother when they experienced a “near-catastrophic” car chase involving paparazzi on the streets of NYC.

The Suits alum was honored with the 2023 Women of Vision Award at the event.