Harry and Meghan’s automotive chase claims reignite paparazzi debate

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Rodney Smolla is president of the Vermont Legislation and Graduate Faculty and a 1st Modification scholar and litigator. He wrote this column for the Los Angeles Occasions.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, alarmed the world final week by stating that they have been “concerned in a near-catastrophic automotive chase by the hands of a hoop of extremely aggressive paparazzi” in New York Metropolis, echoing the lethal pursuit of Princess Diana.

Precisely what occurred stays opaque. Photographers on the scene have disputed the couple’s report, saying there have been no “near-crashes” and the Sussexes weren’t in any fast hazard.