Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburg, has voluntarily surrendered its driving license, weeks after his involvement on a car crash which caused injury to a female driver.
“After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license” the Buckingham Palace said in a statement last Saturday.
The 97 year old Duke and a husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was spotted driving a land rover last month when he collided with another car on a public road near the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England. A witness told the Press Association that the Duke’s car flipped onto its side and that he helped pull Philip, which was covered with blood, out of the vehicle.
Emma Fairweather, the car owner who was hit by Prince Philip and injured her arm during the collision, told Mirror that she had received a personalized letter from the Duke saying how sorry he was on the incident. The letter which was confirmed by the Palace also contained an explanation from the Duke as to why he had the accident. He wrote that the bright sunlight obscured his view which made him lose control of his car. “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 added.
UK police made a report and sent their investigation to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which is considering filing charges against the Duke. A CPS representative said they would “review each file carefully before a decision is made” and will make sure that Prince Philip surrendered his license.
The incident led to a public scrutiny of Philip who was photographed driving on a public road without a seat belt just 48 hours after the crash. It also dominated British media which later on stirred a public debate as to whether people over a certain age need to retake their driving tests.
The public welcomed Prince Philip’s choice to turn over his driving license, and for Fairweather, who told the Mirror on Saturday, the Duke was making the most sensible decision, although he did not make it a bit sooner, at least it’s the right thing to do.