Prince Philip has apologised to the woman injured in a car crash he was involved in, saying he is “deeply sorry”.
Emma Fairweather was a passenger in her friend’s vehicle when their car collided with Prince Philip’s Land Rover. The Duke of Edinburgh‘s car flipped onto its side in the crash but he was unharmed. Fairweather sustained a broken wrist but her friend and her friend’s nine-month-old baby, who was also in the car, were not injured.
The accident occurred just over a week ago near the Queen‘s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
In a letter sent to Fairweather and published by the Mirror, the duke apologised for his part in the accident and wished Fairweather a “speedy recovery from a very distressing experience.”
The duke said he was very familiar with the crossing, where the accident had taken place, but said he did not see the incoming car because the sun had been “shining low” that day.
It was a bright sunny day and at about three in the afternoon, the sun was low over the Wash. In other words, the sun was shining low over the main road. In normal conditions I would have no difficulty in seeing traffic coming from the Dersingham direction, but I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences.
He also revealed that he was “somewhat shaken” after the accident but was relieved nobody was seriously injured.
“I have since learned that you suffered a broken arm. I am deeply sorry about this injury,” he said.
The letter, dated 21 January, was signed, “Yours sincerely, Philip”.
It comes about a week after Fairweather told the Mirror she felt “ignored and rejected” by the duke when she had not received an apology. Now, however, she’s “chuffed”.
“I thought it was really nice that he signed off as ‘Philip’ and not the formal title. I was pleasantly surprised because of the personalised nature.
“A lot of people said it was unrealistic that I wanted that human kindness from Prince Philip – which is what I saw this letter as.”