When news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "near catastrophic car chase" through the streets of New York came in, parallels were instantly drawn between their situation and the tragic death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in a fatal 1997 car crash in Paris.
Harry and Meghan were attending an awards ceremony and the events unfolded as they left the venue and tried to go back to where they were staying, along with Meghan's mum Doria.
In the days that followed, some doubts were cast on the couple's retelling of events as differing statements from the NYPD and others involved came in – including suggestions that the Sussex's security detail were the ones driving erratically.
While the moment would have undoubtedly been traumatic for Harry, former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond has questioned how Prince William would have felt and how worried he would have been for his brother's safety.
Jennie exclusively told OK!: "It would have been traumatic for Harry but I do think it's ridiculous for him to get involved in a car chase.
"Do anything at all but do not get involved in a car chase. It's the last thing you should be doing through the streets of any city, especially given what happened to his mother.
"Of course it was very triggering for Harry to to have paparazzi around him and I think it also must have been really shocking to imagine William seeing that news flash come up on his phone about his brother's 'near catastrophic car chase'.
"That must have struck right at William's heart. But as the story has unfolded, it would seem that Harry's own security team acted pretty irrationally at times and contributed to the chaos so I imagine William's thoughts would have turned to 'Well, look, Harry, this is what you've chosen, you want this celebrity lifestyle, you want to go to these glitzy award ceremony so this is what happens."
Jennie continued: "But in the same breath, it must have been upsetting for William because it was his mother too. I remember so clearly, Diana saying, 'I don't want royal security anymore, and I don't want them all around me. I can manage' and she used to laugh actually, about how unprepared she was to divest herself of the security.
"I was sitting in her drawing room once and she laughed and said, 'Oh, I must tell you, I went down, got in my car and went to drive off and there wasn't any any petrol. I completely forgot that you had to fill it up with fuel because someone had always done that for me!'
"But in the end, it was the the lack of professional royal protection which cost her her life and I think William would have had to have a heart of steel not to be worried about his brother. But I also think the rift is so deep that I doubt they've talked about it. You'd kind of hope maybe it be in a text or something but who knows.
After the Sussexes released their statement condemning the "ring of highly aggressive paparazzi," the New York Police Department said: "On May 16, the NYPD assisted the private security team protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“There were numerous photographers that made their transport challenging. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at their destination and there were no reported collisions, summonses, injuries or arrests in regard.”
The incident took place days before Prince Harry lost his bid for a second legal challenge against the Home Office over his security arrangements when he is in the UK.
Harry was seeking the go-ahead from the High Court to secure a judicial review over a decision that he should not be allowed to pay privately for his protective security, however the application was rejected.
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