Prince Philip surrenders his driving licence

Blanche Robertson
February 10, 2019

Buckingham Palace says 97-year-old Prince Philip has made a decision to stop driving, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured.

Prince Philip has "voluntarily" surrendered his driving licence, Buckingham Palace says.

The January crash occurred just outside the royal family's Sandringham estate when the Duke's auto collided with another vehicle, injuring passenger Emma Fairweather.

The move by Prince Philip means he is likely to escape being charged and prosecuted for careless driving after injuring two women in a crash outside the Sandringham estate in Norfolk last month.

The prince was unharmed but was reported to have been significantly shaken by the accident, particularly as one of the occupants of the other vehicle - who was not hurt - turned out to be a nine-month-old baby.

The critics were out again when Philip was photographed two days later driving a replacement Range Rover without a seatbelt.

Witnesses to the crash were in disbelief that anyone, and especially someone of Philip's age, could have walked away from it so easily.

The duke wrote to a woman injured in the crash, which happened on 17 January on the A149 near the Queen's country estate.

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Fairweather also told the Mirror on Saturday that she welcomed Philip's decision to surrender his driver's license.

He told Emma Fairweather, who suffered a broken wrist in the crash, that "I can only imagine that I failed to see the vehicle coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences".

"I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads".

"I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience".

She told the newspaper after receiving the letter: "I thought it was really nice that he signed off as "Philip" and not the formal title". I was pleasantly surprised because of the personalised nature.

Police said Philip and the other driver were both given breath tests for alcohol and passed.

The same witness said Philip had told police he was "blinded by the sun" when he turned onto the road without seeing the oncoming vehicle.

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