Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Prince Philip Has Given Up Driving After His Horrific Accident

Prince Philip Has Given Up Driving After His Horrific Accident

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

The accident left the Duke's auto flipped onto its side, with a witness later telling the Press Association that he helped pull a bloodied Philip from the vehicle.

The Duke of Edinburgh surrendered his driving licence as prosecutors considered whether to bring charges over a crash that injured two women.

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.

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. According to reports, the Duke of Edinburgh was subsequently offered "suitable words of advice" by a Norfolk police officer.

He surrendered his driving licence after being involved in a crash on the Sandringham Estate and then being spotted behind the wheel without a seatbelt. One woman in the vehicle broke her wrist and the other cut her knee.

A police spokesperson said: "We will follow the standard procedure and return the licence to the DVLA".

Two days after that accident, the duke was photographed driving a replacement Range Rover without a seatbelt, which is illegal in Britain.

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

It [the decision] won't have been easy for him to make as it is a loss of independence.

But Brookes conceded that Philip would have "obviously" been aware of the bad press.

According to one eyewitness, the Kia, driven by a 28-year-old mother, "T-boned" the duke's auto and ended up in a hedge with smoke coming from the engine.

Philip, who also held a pilot's license, stopped flying at age 76, but continued to drive for more than two decades - even chauffeuring President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in 2016, the year before he retired from public duties.

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

The royal family website says the duke learned to fly all types of aircraft after passing a Royal Air Force test in 1953.

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