A lady who suffered a damaged wrist in a automotive crash involving Britain’s Prince Philip final month mentioned the 97-year-old has made “probably the most smart resolution he can” by giving up his driver’s license.

“It’s a disgrace he didn’t make it a bit sooner but it surely’s the fitting factor to do,” Emma Fairweather advised the Sunday Mirror tabloid. “Undoubtedly the roads shall be safer now. It received’t have been straightforward for him to make [the decision] as it’s a lack of independence. However he can work round it.”

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Buckingham Palace mentioned Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, voluntarily surrendered his license “after cautious consideration.” Norfolk Police confirmed to the Sunday Mirror that the prince had handed over his license and added that an investigative file on the crash had been handed on to the Crown Prosecution Service, which may nonetheless cost him within the matter.

The scene near to the Sandringham Estate where Britain's Prince Philip was involved in a crash in Sandringham, England, on Jan. 17.

The scene close to to the Sandringham Property the place Britain’s Prince Philip was concerned in a crash in Sandringham, England, on Jan. 17.
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Prince Philip was behind the wheel of a Land Rover that collided with a Kia on Jan. 17 close to the royal household’s Sandringham property in Norfolk, japanese England. The Kia’s driver, 28-year-old Ellie Townsend, obtained therapy at a neighborhood hospital for a knee damage, however her nine-month-old son was unharmed. Fairweather, a passenger within the Kia, advised the Sunday Mirror that she had an operation this week to screw a steel plate into her arm.

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In a letter of apology to Fairweather, Philip mentioned he was distracted by low daylight over the street the place the crash happened.

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“In regular circumstances, I might don’t have any issue in seeing visitors coming … however I can solely think about that I did not see the automotive coming, and I’m very contrite in regards to the penalties,” he wrote, later including: “I want you a speedy restoration from a deeply distressing expertise.”


The Sunday Mirror quoted a senior royal supply who credited the queen with persuading her husband to surrender his license.

“It’s typically mentioned the monarch is the one individual Philip ever listens to,” the supply mentioned, “and on this event that is very true.”

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