Gayle King: It’s ‘troubling’ that persons are ‘downplaying’ Harry, Meghan automotive chase

Gayle King thinks it’s “troubling” that persons are “downplaying” the two-hour paparazzi chase her friends Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been concerned in earlier this week in New York Metropolis.

“I feel it was a really unlucky incident,” the CBS journalist completely instructed Web page Six Saturday on the 148th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Md.

“It’s troubling to me that anyone would attempt to downplay what that will imply to them. That’s very troubling to me.”

Referring to the slew of media personalities and celebrities who’ve spoken out towards the narrative that the 2 had been “chased” within the streets of Manhattan, King mentioned it’s unsettling that some are attempting to “decrease how [Harry and Markle] felt in that second.”

Meghan Markle and Prince harry stepping out into NYC streets after event in Manhattan
Gayle King known as the media’s seemingly unsympathetic response to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s New York Metropolis automotive chase “troubling.”

“I’m simply actually sorry it occurred and really sorry they needed to undergo it,” mentioned King, who was in Baltimore to provide a graduation speech at her alma mater, the College of Maryland. “All people can have all of their opinions however I all the time return to, ‘How did they really feel in that second?’”

King, 68, met Harry, 38, and Markle, 41, by way of her greatest good friend, Oprah Winfrey, and has been buddies with the 2 ever since.

As Web page Six beforehand reported, the royal couple – accompanied by Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland – had been pursued by photographers by way of the streets of Manhattan on Could 16 after leaving the Ziegfeld Theater.

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The CBS journalist confirmed sympathy for her two royal friends, expressing that it will be important how the 2 felt “in that second.”
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The trio finally hopped out of their very own SUV and right into a working cab driver’s car — later recognized as Sukhcharn Singh — in an try and evade the paps, however the pursuit went on.

A rep for Harry and Markle offered the next assertion to Web page Six on Wednesday: “Final night time, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Ms. Ragland had been concerned in a close to catastrophic automotive chase by the hands of a hoop of extremely aggressive paparazzi.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in a number of close to collisions involving different drivers on the street, pedestrians and two NYPD officers. Whereas being a public determine comes with a degree of curiosity from the general public, it ought to by no means come at the price of anybody’s security.”

New York City cab driver Sukhcharn Singh posing with taxi
New York Metropolis cab driver Sukhcharn Singh was within the driver’s seat when the royal couple hopped in his cab to keep away from paps.
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Nonetheless, a lot of media personalities slammed the narrative that Harry and Markle’s reps offered, together with “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg who slammed the royal couple’s use of the phrase “automotive chase.”

“I feel folks in New York know if it was attainable to have automotive chases in New York, we’d all make it to the theater on time,” Goldberg mentioned.

TV persona Megyn Kelly additionally known as out the Sussexes throughout “The Megyn Kelly Present,” saying, “There isn’t a means of getting a two-hour automotive chase in New York Metropolis, in Manhattan. There simply isn’t.”

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The Sussexes had been allegedly chased by paps after leaving an occasion honoring Markle in Manhattan on Could 16.
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Kevin Liles, CEO of 300 Entertainment, Gayle King, Wes Moore, Governor of Maryland, Dawn Moore, First Lady of Maryland and Lisa Ellis attend Preakness 148
King expressed her concern for her royal buddies whereas attending the 148th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Md.
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King has notoriously supported Harry and Markle previously.

She defended the 2 in 2022 when Andy Cohen jokingly known as the Netflix collection “Harry & Meghan” a actuality present on an episode of “Watch What Occurs Stay.”

“It’s not a actuality present,” King, who was a visitor on the present, rebutted. “It’s not.”