The former working royals claimed they were involved in a "near-catastrophic" car chase with the paparazzi in Manhattan.
But now a leading royal commentator tells SundayStar.co.uk that the idea of a high-speed pursuit in the Big Apple is "hilarious".
Harry's PR team said in a statement: "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.
"Quite frankly, I think that’s abhorrent"
Now in an exclusive chat with SundayStar.co.uk, royal reporter Josh Rom said: "The fact that they call the speculation “abhorrent” around the fact that the car chase was a PR stunt is laughable.
"It shows they do not know what they are doing in terms of public relations if they truly want privacy, it will only get people talking more."
He added: "I get Prince Harry’s need for security and his motivation behind the battle in the UK, but the idea of a 2-hour high speed car chase around Manhattan is frankly laughable.
"Especially when part of that involved getting into a yellow cab."
Explaining his thoughts on claims that Harry's team "exaggerated" their statement, Josh added: "Harry and Meghan were being celebrities that night.
"They were being treated like normal celebrities in NYC.
"This never would have happened in the UK. And it goes to show that if Harry and Meghan really wanted privacy to get away from the press, they went to the wrong place.
"The world is not against them, indeed we all just want them to be happy in their family and with their beautiful children, but they seem to always be against the world."