It looks like Prince Philip is in the clear. The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a car crash on January 17 where his Land Rover crashed into another car, leaving his vehicle on its side. Now, the 97-year-old will not face any charges over the incident, the Crown Prosecution Service announced on February 14.
“We have decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute,” Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor from CPS East of England said in a statement. “The CPS has carefully reviewed material submitted by the police in relation to a traffic collision on the A149 on 17 January this year. We took into account all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the surrender of the driving license.”
He added that “all those involved in the collision have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing.”
Philip was unharmed following the accident near the royal family’s Sandringham Estate, but Emma Fairweather, 46 — who was driving the Kia — was not so lucky. Since she broke her wrist, Philip wrote her a heartfelt letter apologizing for any damage he may have caused.
“I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads,” he said. “I have been across that crossing any number of times and I know very well the amount of traffic that uses the main road.” He explained that since the sun was in his eyes, that was why he didn’t see her vehicle.
He continued, “I have since learned that you suffered a broken arm. I am deeply sorry about this injury. I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience.”
As a result, on February 9, Philip turned in his license. It definitely seems like that was the right decision.
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