Prince Philip gives up driving and swerves charges

Cheryl Sanders
February 10, 2019

Prince Philip has voluntarily surrendered his driving licence, less than a month he was involved in a vehicle crash and was seen driving without a seat belt in two days.

Emma Fairweather was interviewed on This Morning earlier this month about being a victim in Prince Philip's crash.

"After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence", the royal palace said in a statement.

A Kia travelling along the main road, which had the right of way, "T-boned" the driver's side of the Prince's Land Rover, which overturned.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Constabulary told CNN that police had seen the photographs and "suitable words of advice have been given to the driver".

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

A witness told British media that Philip emerged unharmed but "shocked and shaken" from the smashup with the much smaller Kia hatchback. Two women in the other vehicle were injured, though not seriously, and a 9-month-old baby boy was unhurt.

Fairweather said she is pleased with his decision to give up driving, telling The Mirror; "He's making the most sensible decision he can". "The Duke has returned to Sandringham", a palace spokesperson said.

Police said Philip and the other driver both passed blood-alcohol breath tests.

Prince Philip's insurance premium could rise as high as £36,000 following his shocking crash earlier this week.

Philip, who suggested low sun had affected his sight for the crash, also received a warning from police for driving without a seatbelt two days after the crash.

Philip's behavior also raised questions about why he was still driving instead of being chauffeured around by his entourage.

AA president Edmund King said the decision to quit driving can be a hard one.

Queen Elizabeth's husband retired in 2017 from public duties, ending all official engagements, although he has remained active according to reports, walking on grounds of the royal family's enormous lands and even sitting horse-drawn carriages.

He is famous in Britain for his forthright manner and his love of speed.

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