Prince Harry, Meghan Markle: did they attract a security drama by jumping from a hotel?

Experts say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could have avoided safety concerns and what they claim was a “nearly disastrous car chase” by staying at a hotel in New York on Tuesday night.

A spokesperson for the royal couple told Fox News Digital that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were involved in a chase “at the hands of a very aggressive ring of paparazzi” that lasted more than two hours.

The NYPD told Fox News Digital that the photographers “made it difficult to transport them” but arrived at their destination safely.

The royals reportedly headed to a friend’s private residence, where they were spending the night, and many believe they did not want to notify the paparazzi of their location.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were reportedly followed by paparazzi “for two hours” after an event in New York on Tuesday night. (Getty Images)

Security expert Mark Selden told Fox News Digital why the Duke and Duchess would have benefited from spending the night at a nearby hotel, rather than going to a private home.

“There is security, the doorman, the porters and the staff,” explained the president of AllSTAR Security. “You have built-in security.

“If someone breaks in, you have your own security based on your own floor, either standing outside your door or located in the rooms next to you or across the hall. You’re basically in a fortress.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave event in New York

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the safety of their SUV, drove to a police station and then took a taxi during an alleged chase involving paparazzi on Tuesday night. (MEGA/GC Pictures)

Selden, who spent two decades providing professional security to Manhattan’s rich and famous, explained, “You can’t have the same security staying in a residential townhouse.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have claimed they were pursued by photographers in a ‘relentless’ pursuit after leaving the Women of Vision Awards, where Markle was honored for her advocacy work.

Prince Harry and Markle were followed by photographers after leaving the high-profile charity event at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

Their car took them to the police station, where the couple – along with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and their bodyguard – abandoned their protected SUV and jumped into a yellow taxi, only to return to the police station.

Dora Ragland wears a black dress with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a women's foundation event

Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland joined the couple at the ceremony. (Kevin Mazur)

Regarding the high-speed diversions between Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theater and FDR Drive, Fox News Digital visited several commercial and residential locations along the main thoroughfare. No one witnessed a wild chase, or could recall a commotion on Tuesday night during the time period in question.


The exterior of the Carlyle Hotel

The Carlyle Hotel has been a celebrity hotspot for decades. (Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images)

A better option for the beleaguered couple might have been the Carlyle Hotel, named after Scottish author Thomas Carlyle, who has been a celebrity favorite for over 90 years, as well as a favorite of the royal family.

Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, was a frequent stay at the Carlyle before her death in 1997.

Princess Diana at the Carlyle Hotel

Princess Diana was seen leaving the Carlyle. (Getty Images)

“He was probably the most memorable guest we’ve ever had here,” Carlyle’s head concierge, Waldo Hernandez, told People magazine in 2018.

Following royal tradition, Harry’s brother Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed at the Carlyle during their visit to New York in 2014. At the time, Kate was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine arrive at the Carlyle Hotel

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived at the Carlyle Hotel, where they stayed during their two-day official visit to the United States in December 2014. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

“Seeing the Duke and Duchess gave me goosebumps,” Hernandez told the outlet. “I saw them four times. And she said, ‘Hi!’ to me, which was pretty cool.”

The hotel has also hosted royalty from Denmark, Greece, Spain and Sweden, according to Forbes.

John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie Kennedy, stayed at the Carlyle while the former president held a meeting with Eleanor Roosevelt just after her election.

John F. Kennedy speaks with Eleanor Roosevelt

John F. Kennedy spoke with Eleanor Roosevelt over breakfast at Kennedy’s headquarters, the Carlyle Hotel, in Manhattan. (Getty Images)

Jackie also lived at the hotel for 10 months after John’s death in 1963 before buying a house on Park Avenue, People magazine reported.

Jacqueline Kennedy leaves the Carlyle Hotel

Jackie Kennedy was pictured leaving the Carlyle Hotel. (Getty Images)

“She’s been here a lot,” Hernandez told the outlet. “She actually met Audrey Hepburn at the Carlyle, which is really cool.”

A documentary was made about the hotel, “Always at The Carlyle,in 2018 which featured George Clooney saying, “(Nowhere) I never stayed to compare to this.”

“The way you’re treated isn’t just a place you come to lay your head,” the star said, according to People magazine.

George Clooney Carlyle Hotel

George Clooney poses for a portrait at the Carlyle in 2014. (Matt McClain)

Jon Hamm echoed Clooney’s comments about the Manhattan hot spot. “

If you stay here, you feel like you’ve made it,” the actor said, adding, “I’ve never stayed here.”

Stars such as Anna Wintour, Bella Hadid and Rihanna have stayed at the Carlyle while preparing to walk the Met Gala red carpet, which is near the five-star hotel.

Rihanna leaves the Carlyle Hotel

Rihanna leaves the Carlyle en route to the Met Gala in 2017. (Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)

Other former VIP guests of the hotel pictured during various stays at the Carlyle include former first lady Nancy Reagan, Woody Allen and Jack Nicholson.

Woody Allen at the Carlyle Hotel

Woody Allen entered Café Carlyle in October 2007. (Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)

Nancy Reagan at the Carlyle Hotel

Nancy Reagan in front of the Carlyle Hotel. (Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)

Jack Nicholson at the Carlyle Hotel

Jack Nicholson entered the Carlyle Hotel in November 2000. (Arnaldo Magnani/Liaison)

Actress Kate Moss and actor Michael J. Fox were also pictured at the star-studded hotel.

Michael J. Fox at the Carlyle Hotel

Michael J. Fox seen leaving the Carlyle Hotel in November 2000. (Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)

Kate Moss leaves the Carlyle Hotel

Kate Moss leaving the Carlyle Hotel in May 2019. (Pictures Pierre Suu/GC)

Harry and Markle know the Carlyle, and the prince has previously been spotted at the hotel’s chic Bemelmans Bar.


Markle is no stranger to upscale New York hotels, as she hosted her baby shower just blocks from the Carlyle at The Mark in 2019.

Meghan Markle leaves the Mark Hotel

Meghan Markle was seen stepping out of the Mark Hotel in February 2019. (Raymond Hall/GC Images)

The exterior of the Mark Hotel

The Mark Hotel for Meghan’s baby shower on February 20, 2019. (James Devaney/GC Images)

According to The Observer, Markle stayed in the hotel’s two-story Grant Penthouse Suite, which is the largest in the world, with a price tag of $75,000 per night.

Markle’s baby shower included a slew of high-profile guests, including George Clooney’s wife, Amal. Amal stayed at the Carlyle, after celebrating with Markle at the Mark.

Amal Clooney arrives at the Carlyle

Amal Clooney arrived at The Carlyle after attending Meghan Markle’s baby shower at The Mark in February 2019. (James Devaney/GC Images)


Like the Carlyle, The Mark Hotel is a celebrity favorite, with the hotel lobby considered the second Met Gala red carpet.

Fox News Digital’s Chris Eberhart contributed to this report.


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