Prince Philip 'Voluntarily Surrenders' His Driving Licence, Buckingham Palace Announces

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has given up his driving licence, it's been announced by Buckingham Palace.

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

Prince Philip is already back on the road. Credit: PA
Prince Philip is already back on the road. Credit: PA

From this point the 97-year-old prince will need to be chauffeured places.

This decision comes not long after the prince was involved in a car accident near the Sandringham Estate where the woman in the other vehicle was left injured.

The Duke's Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after a collision with a Kia - two people who were in the other car were taken to hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and later discharged.

The Land Rover was overturned in the crash and had to be towed away.

During the incident the Duke was said to have walked away unharmed, unlike a passenger of the Kia, 46-year-old Emma Fairweather, who claimed to have suffered a broken wrist due to the accident.

Ms Fairwather spoke out about the accident claiming the prince, nor the Queen, had reached out to her after the accident.

She said: "It would mean the world to me if Prince Philip said sorry, but I have no idea if he's sorry at all.

"I know the Queen is a busy lady, but I was really excited at the idea she might phone me."

But she claims that she has only received a bizarre statement from a police liaison officer that read: "The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you."

Prince Philip's Land Rover crashed into another car near Sandringham. Credit: PA
Prince Philip's Land Rover crashed into another car near Sandringham. Credit: PA

Ms Fairweather argued: "That's not an apology or even a well-wish."

Buckingham Palace made a statement on Friday after the incident. That statement read: "Contact has been made privately with the occupants in the other car and well-wishes exchanged."

Philip was spotted behind the wheel of a new Land Rover just days after the accident - a car that was spotted being dropped off just hours after the crash.

After the incident a statement from Norfolk Police read: "The driver of the Kia, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee while the passenger, a 45-year-old woman, sustained a broken wrist.

Prince Philip Has Brand New Land Rover Dropped Off Following Crash
Prince Philip Has Brand New Land Rover Dropped Off Following Crash

"Both casualties were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn (irony) and were discharged last night. Police can also confirm a nine-month-old baby boy was in the Kia at the time of the incident and was uninjured.

"The driver of the Land Rover, a 97-year-old man, was uninjured. Both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings."

Rachael Grealish

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