Harry, Meghan walked past the paparazzi even though she had former Obama Secret Service agent Chris Sanchez: source

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Harry, Meghan walked past The paparazzi even though she had former Obama Secret Service agent Chris Sanchez: source

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle personally decided to walk past a group of photographers outside Ziegfeld’s ballroom on Tuesday night – whom They later blamed for The alleged “near catastrophic car chase”.

The couple’s decision was made despite their security being led by a former member of Barack Obama’s secret service, known as “The king of backdoors” for His ability to silently get celebrities out of high-profile situations.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accompanied Chris Sanchez, a well-known former secret soldier, as They left Ziegfeld’s ballroom on Tuesday night.

Sanchez was With The Sussexes as They jumped from a darkened SUV into a yellow cab, trying to escape The photographers who tried to follow them back to a friend’s house.

A source close to The Sussexes told us The couple decided to leave The back of The ballroom around 10pm because They wanted to take a picture of The waiting photographers.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smiled as They left The Ziegfeld Ballroom on Tuesday night.
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As The couple walked across The sidewalk, Prince Harry’s expression changed.
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It’s Not clear why Harry stopped smiling after personally deciding to go through The phalanx of photographers.
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“Harry and Meghan were ready to give everyone those shots when They left The party, it wasn’t a problem but They were followed from that point on,” The source said.

Their representative, Ashley Hansen, said The New York Times on Friday: “There were several of them
The most beautiful images of The evening”

However, The couple did Not stop posing. The Photos show Harry smiling at First, leading His wife by The hand, then His expression turns to a grimace.

Eventually, a large security group blocked photographers who tried to photograph them getting into The waiting SUV.

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As They walked towards their SUV, Harry clearly didn’t like The paparazzi.
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Security surrounded Markle and Harry as They left The gala.
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Harry and Meghan quickly fled after The paparazzi incident.
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Harry, 38, took The Video while driving to capture The moment, Page Six told friends, prompting him to swear “fk” out loud, admitting it was The closest he’d ever felt to understanding The night of death His mother, Princess Diana, In a car accident In August 1997.

He filmed one photographer driving past them on The sidewalk and The car nearly crashed into another car.

Michael Stewart, a New York freelance photographer, told friends how he chose
track The couple on His electric bike for half an hour, The NYT reports, telling people that six cars were involved In The Fight – three owned by The Sussexes and three
belonging to The photographers who were In The chase. About half a dozen rode bicycles.

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Mazur captured Photos of Meghan, her mother Doria and Prince Harry on The red carpet.
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Another photographer involved In The incident, Martin Patterson, known as Blayze, also followed The couple. He told The NYT: “The public or The police Have nothing to worry about. The facts are out. What you see Is exactly what it Is.”

Kevin Mazur was The only photographer With Full access to The Ms. Foundation, infuriating other shutterbugs. Most only pay when They Post Photos. It Is also unusual that The red carpets Have only one photographer.

Freelance photographer Roger Wong told The NYT that The others stayed to photograph The Sussexes through The glass when They arrived and were taken to The theater by Hertz’s office – he went home empty-handed.

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Meghan and Harry’s arrival had them walk through The Hertz office.

But all this Has raised questions about how this debacle happened, as one high-profile source told us: “Chris Is one of The best bodyguards, he Is extremely smart.

“He Has been With Harry and Meghan countless times – including With them In New York – and made sure They were Not seen.

“He’s really known as The king of backdoors and can help get His principals (customers) out without being seen, so I Have No idea how it all happened,” The source added.

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Markle and Harry were First spotted With Chris Sanchez, one of President Obama’s former Secret Service agents, In 2022 In The Hague.
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speak to CNN this weekSanchez blamed The incident: “I’ve never seen, never experienced anything like this. What we were dealing With was very chaotic. There were several vehicles: cars, scooters and bicycles.

“Audience [was] threatened In several places. It could Have been fatal. They jumped curbs and red lights. At one point, They blocked The limousine (carrying The couple) and started taking pictures until we were able to get out,” he added.

However, Photo agency Backgrid said No one was In any danger.

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Sanchez was seen guarding Obama In 2011 when The president visited His hometown of Moneygall In Ireland.

After leaving The Secret Service, Sanchez became vice president of TorchStone Global, a firm With offices In cities including New York, Chicago, Boston and Palo Alto, California.

He was First spotted With The Sussexes at The Invictus Games In The Hague, Netherlands In April 2022.

He Is also believed to Have joined The pair when They arrived at The Global Citizen concert In Central Park In September 2021.

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Markle was honored by Gloria Steinem at The Women of Vision Awards.
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Prior to joining The royal couple’s entourage, Sanchez spent five years working for The US government. He Has over 20 years of security experience In areas including crisis management, website vulnerability assessment and threat protection.

Sanchez said he was “worried about The directors (Harry and Markle) but More about public opinion because They (The paparazzi) were so erratic. People were on The sidewalks and intersections, and (The paparazzi) were running red lights. We did everything according to The letter of The law.”

Harry and Meghan switched cars “More than once” during The car chase, Sanchez said.
After The incident, The Sussexes were “scared, exhausted, but relieved to be back,” he added.

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Sonny Singh, whose taxi The prince, His wife and mother-In-law were loaded into, said They were nervous but added: “It’s New York – it’s safe.”
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In The end, No one was injured and The couple arrived safely but shaken to The apartment where They were staying, he said.

Police later said The incident was “difficult” but No collision occurred and No one was injured.

And Sonny Singh, The taxi driver They boarded, also shrugged off The idea of ​​a chase, telling Post that while They seemed “nervous”, it wasn’t a Full car chase. “They were quiet and seemed scared, but this Is New York – it’s safe,” he said.

While The couple Have gone to great lengths Not to be photographed In The past – and notoriously obsessed With privacy – They’ve been publicly snapped at least four times In The past few months In California.

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