Prince Philip Surrenders His Driver's License Weeks After Crash

Erika Holt
February 10, 2019

Two days after the accident, Prince Philip was seen behind the wheel of a new auto and was given "suitable words of advice" by police when he was photographed not wearing a seatbelt while on a public road.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: 'After careful consideration the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence'.

Queen Elizabeth II's husband was involved in a crash in January with a auto carrying two women and a baby.

Prince Philip had to be pulled from the wreckage after he pulled out on an A road and hit a Kia, which was carrying a nine-month-old boy, his mother and another passenger.

The crash did not immediately put Philip off driving.

The Kia driver, a 28-year-old woman, received knee injuries while her 45-year-old passenger suffered a broken wrist. 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 vehicle coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences.

He blamed the low, bright sun for obscuring his vision, adding he was "very contrite about the consequences".

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Philip also wished Fairweather a "speedy recovery from a very distressing experience".

The letter is signed: "Yours sincerely Philip".

Fairweather, who had previously spoken out about how disappointed she was over the lack of an immediate apology, went on to tell the Sunday Mirror how much she appreciated the note.

Elder UK royal Prince Philip, the husband of the nation's longest-reigning monarch, has turned in his auto keys at the age of 97, according to reports.

Norfolk Police said in a statement on Saturday the investigation file on the collision "has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration".

Wearing tinted glasses, he was photographed at the wheel of a replacement Land Rover while not wearing a seatbelt in the ensuing days. Police reportedly offered him some "suitable words of advice" at that point.

In 2016, the Duke drove Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to lunch at Windsor Castle, prompting the former US President to remark: "I have to say I have never been driven by a Duke of Edinburgh before, but I can report it was very smooth riding".

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