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Police speak to Prince Philip about driving without seatbelt two days after accident

“Suitable words of advice” were given to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip pictured driving last May.
Prince Philip pictured driving last May.
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BRITAIN’S PRINCE PHILIP has been spoken to by police for driving without a seatbelt — just two days after the 97-year-old was involved in a car crash.

Images published in Sunday newspapers appeared to show him behind the wheel of a replacement Land Rover Freelander on his wife Queen Elizabeth II’s private Sandringham estate on Saturday.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokeswoman said the force was aware of the photographs and that “suitable words of advice have been given to the driver”.

The advice was “in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images showing this type of offence”.

Meanwhile, a woman who broke her wrist in Thursday’s crash near the royal country residence in Norfolk has reportedly complained about not receiving an apology from the Prince.

“I’m lucky to be alive and he hasn’t even said sorry. It has been such a traumatic and painful time and I would have expected more of the Royal Family,” Emma Fairweather, a passenger in the Kia which collided with the Prince’s Land Rover, told the Sunday Mirror.

‘Didn’t make sense’ 

A police family liaison officer however did call to pass on a message to Emma, who was in the vehicle with a friend and her nine-month-old baby, she said.

“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,” she added.

The crash, which left the Prince’s Land Rover on its side, happened as the royal patriarch pulled out of a side road onto a busy main road.

The prince walked away from Thursday’s crash shaken but uninjured, according to a passer-by who helped him out of the vehicle. The driver of the Kia sustained cuts to her knee.

In a statement on Friday, Norfolk Constabulary said: “As is standard procedure with injury collisions, the incident will be investigated and any appropriate action taken.”

Philip, known for his forthright manner and off-colour jokes, retired from public life in 2017 and underwent a hip replacement operation last April.

© AFP 2019  

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