It sounds like Prince Philip has finally decided it’s time to stop driving at the age of 97. The Duke of Edinburgh turned in his license on February 9, following a scary accident in January where he crashed his Land Rover into another car, leaving his vehicle overturned.
“Norfolk Police can confirm that the 97-year-old driver of the Land Rover involved in the collision at Sandringham on Thursday 17 January 2019 has today (Saturday 9 February 2019) voluntarily surrendered his license to officers,” said the statement from police. “We will follow the standard procedure and return the license to the DVLA. The investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration.”
Questions were raised about how fit the duke is to continue driving after he caused a car accident on January 17. The crash happened not far from his Sandringham estate, and it left his SUV completely upside-down. It’s a wonder he wasn’t injured, and that no one else was killed.
The crash seems to have been weighing on Philip. On January 27, he wrote a letter to Emma Fairweather, the 46-year-old driver of the sedan that he hit. The citizen suffered a broken wrist from the accident. “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads,” he wrote. He went on to explain that the sun was in his eyes, which was why he didn’t see her vehicle. “I have since learned that you suffered a broken arm. I am deeply sorry about this injury,” he continued. “I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience.”
Prince Philip’s wife, Queen Elizabeth, also does not have a license. However, she is not required to have one in order to drive, and is actually quite a fan of cars. Still, it doesn’t seem like the duke plans to continue driving after surrendering his license, and that’s probably for the best. Besides, he can have a driver take him anywhere he wants to go! We would literally never drive if we had that option.
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