Prince Philip, 97, Gives up Driver's License after Crash


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.

Philip was driving a Range Rover on January 17, when his vehicle and a Kia collided close to the Sandringham Estate.

Whether Elizabeth actually influenced the decision hasn't been made public, of course, but experts on the royal family suggested last month that she would be the one to make the call.

After it was announced that Prince Philip would surrender his driving licence, a senior palace source told the publication: "Philip is a very proud and principled man but it's fair to say the Queen was highly instrumental in his decision to give up his driving licence".

United Kingdom police sent their investigation of the crash to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is considering whether to bring charges against Prince Philip over the crash last month.

In mid-January, Philip colliding with another vehicle while driving near his and the queen's Sandringham country estate.

The Duke later wrote to the driver and passenger of the other auto, telling Emma Fairweather, who broke her wrist: "I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads".

Buckingham Palace calculated he had completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

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Fairweather also told the Mirror on Saturday that she welcomed Philip's decision to surrender his driver's license.

His Land Rover overturned but he was not injured.

The duke's driving woes began when his auto flipped over after he pulled out into a busy A road and collided with a Kia, carrying a nine-month old boy, his mother and another passenger.

"I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads".

Police issued him with "suitable words of advice" and said "any appropriate action" would be taken if necessary.

The sun was blamed for hindering his vision and he wrote he was "very contrite about the consequences" of the collision.

He told Emma Fairweather, who suffered a broken wrist in the crash, that "I can only imagine that I failed to see the auto coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences".