Prince Philip Voluntarily Gives Up Driving Following Crash

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The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has voluntarily given up his driving licence following his recent crash.

The 97-year-old was involved in an accident last month, which left two other people injured.

The Royal’s Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after colliding with another car, a Kia.

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As reported by CNN, Buckingham Palace announced the news today (February 9), in a short statement which read:

After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence.

Passenger, 46-year-old Emma Fairweather, has previously called for Prince Philip to give up his licence.

Fairweather, who broke her wrist in the accident, told ITV’s This Morning:

Accidents do happen, of course they do happen, but I think there needs to be a period of reflection to prevent the same thing happening again.

I think it’s highly insensitive and inconsiderate towards me and everyone involved.

I need someone to understand I still have medical concerns. And I’ve [heard] that [apparently] members of the Royal Family don’t need insurance.

I’m very worried, [I could be] injured by an uninsured party and I don’t know what to do.

A nine-month old baby, along with another woman, were also in the Kia at the time of the accident.

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The Duke later apologised to Fairweather in a letter obtained by the Mirror, and also wished her a ‘speedy recovery’.

It read:

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

I have been across that crossing any number of times and I know very well the amount of traffic that uses that main road.

It was a bright sunny day and at about three in the afternoon, the sun was low over the Wash.

In other words, the sun was shining low over the main road. In normal conditions I would have no difficulty in seeing traffic coming from the Dersingham direction, but I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences.

The Duke of Edinburgh added he was ‘relieved’ no one was ‘seriously injured’.

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