February 5th, 2019 | Updated on April 13th, 2023
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries and death in the UK, and trouble doesn’t seem to skip the royal family either. Prince Philip has recently caused an accident that resulted in property damage, but also an injured person.
Last week, Prince Philip’s Land Rover smashed into a Kia that was traveling correctly on the road near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The Duke lost control of his SUV after a glare of the sun prevented him from seeing the other car. The Kia crashed into the Land Rover on Prince Philip’s side, sending his vehicle tumbling across the road. The Duke was taken out of his car through the sunroof by one of the witnesses and was visibly upset by the ordeal.
In the Kia, two women and a baby were traveling south, all wearing their seatbelts. The Duke was not wearing it while driving, which could bring administrative penalties at the end of the investigation.
The two women, long term pals, were both injured, one of them having a broken wrist that got her off work for more than two months. Emma Fairweather, the 45-year-old mom of two who suffered the wrist injury, declared that she was disappointed with how the Royal Family representative handled the aftermath of the accident. Emma also said that the police officer told her the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh didn’t apologize properly or send her their best wishes.
Emma Fairweather is considering taking legal action over her personal injuries because they cost her two months off work and other damages. She told the reporters that, although she was expecting a personal apology from Prince Philip and was excited to be called by the Queen, she was only given a weird statement through a police liaison officer, who reportedly told her to multiple times to keep her silence.
How Should Prince Philip Have Reacted
It may have seemed like an inconsiderate way of handling the situation, but injury lawyers explain that it was wise for the Prince to restrain from giving any statements while the case is being investigated.
Another issue bothering the victim, Emma Fairweather, is that she hasn’t yet been asked by the Police to give a statement about her accident. She was visibly upset as she declared on British television that the Duke is inconsiderate for failing to apologize, but also for being spotted driving without a seatbelt just days after causing the crash.
Luckily, the crash near Norfolk did not cause more severe injuries, and the 9-month-old baby traveling with the two women was left unharmed. Prince Philip suffered a few cuts from his windshield breaking and was seen with blood on his hands at the scene of the accident, but doctors cleared him of any serious injuries.
More and more voices in the UK, including the Queen herself, are saying that Prince Philip should stop driving. The Royal Family’s passion for cars is well-known, and it is unlikely that the Duke is going to give up his driving rights easily, but this accident might stop his driving career indeed. The Queen herself is the only person in the United Kingdom who is not required a driver’s license to be behind the wheel, and she has been driving since her teens.
The Police has taken measures to prevent other similar accident from happening, and cameras were installed to monitor the stretch. It has been considered a dangerous stretch for drivers, which prompted the local administration to reduce the speed limit in the area to 50mph, as an additional preventive measure.
Hopefully, Prince Philip’s accident will make all the drivers watch out for dangerous situations and practice more preventive driving,