Police have issued a warning to Prince Philip after the 97-year-old royal was photographed driving without wearing a seatbelt, just two days after he was involved in a serious car accident outside of the Sandringham estate.
Photos published in The Telegraph show the Duke of Edinburgh behind the wheel of the new Land Rover that was delivered to Sandringham shortly after the accident. In the photos, Philip is not wearing a seatbelt.
According to a report from Reuters, the photos have resulted in the prince being issued a warning from police.
“We are aware of the photographs,” a police spokesman told Reuters. “Suitable words of advice have been given to the driver and this is in line with our standard response when being made aware of our receiving such images showing this type of offence.”
On Thursday, Philip was unharmed but shaken when his Land Rover flipped on its side after colliding with another vehicle near the royal Sandringham estate.
The other driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries, while a 45-year-old female passenger sustained a broken wrist; the passenger’s 9-month-old baby, also travelling in the car, was unharmed.
Asked about the accident, a spokeswoman for Philip responded, “It’s a matter for Norfolk police.”
Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle struck by the Duke’s car tells the Sunday Mirror that she has yet to receive an apology, despite an official statement announcing that Philip called the people in the other car “privately and well wishes exchanged.”
“It would mean the world to me if Prince Philip said sorry but I have no idea if he’s sorry at all,” Emma Fairweather tells the Mirror.
“What would it have taken for him and the Queen to send me a card and a bunch of flowers?” she asks.
As Fairweather explains, she was “advised not to speak to anyone and told to expect a call from the Palace yesterday. I know the Queen is a busy lady but I was really excited at the idea she might phone me. Instead, I got a call from a police family liaison officer,” she added.
“The message he passed on didn’t even make sense. He said, ‘The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you.’ That’s not an apology or even a well-wish,” continued the mother of two.