Royal Security Expert Highlights Importance of Balanced Protection After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's NYC Car Chase
Following a distressing car chase incident involving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in New York City, a royal security specialist emphasized the urgent need for appropriate security measures for the high-profile couple.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attracted attention after narrating a "near catastrophic" encounter with "highly aggressive paparazzi" on May 16 in Manhattan, following their departure from the Women of Vision Awards ceremony where Markle was recognized.
Richard Aitch, a security expert and author of "Close Protection," told Us Weekly that while he sympathizes with the royal couple, such paparazzi encounters are inevitable when in the public eye.
"If security is a concern for you, you must ensure it is balanced, well-trained, and applied appropriately," Aitch advised. He cautioned that the current disproportionate response to paparazzi could increase the risk of a dangerous situation for the couple and bystanders alike.
Aitch, the Director of Operations for Mobius International Security, also commented on Prince Harry's recent unsuccessful bid to fund private protection for his family during visits to the U.K. A U.K. high court judge ruled that the Duke, who forfeited his publicly funded police security after leaving royal duties in 2020, cannot finance private security during their stays in his native country.
Calling the decision "absolutely ridiculous and mind-baffling," Aitch argued that Prince Harry, as a high-ranking member of the British royal family, should have the right to arrange some form of security "regardless of whether he serves the crown or not."
Aitch proposed that the Sussexes secure "U.S. commercial private sector provision of security," monitored by "a U.K. Met police officer to ensure standards are being delivered." He added that this arrangement should maintain an intelligence flow from the U.K. agencies.
The challenge lies in managing the severe public interest in the high-profile couple, with paparazzi going to great lengths to capture images or information about their whereabouts, creating a relentless cat-and-mouse game.
While some, including Whoopi Goldberg from "The View," expressed skepticism over the gravity of the car chase in New York, the Sussexes' representative, Ashley Hansen, refuted suggestions that the couple had exaggerated the incident for publicity.
Hansen responded to Page Six by stating, "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... I think that's abhorrent."