The picturesque country roads of England are now a little bit safer from ageing royals hurtling around in their Land Rovers and menacing members of the public, after Prince Philip voluntarily gave up his driver’s license this week.
Last month, the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in an accident on Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, when he flipped his own vehicle after pulling out onto a busy road and colliding with an oncoming car, leaving two women hospitalised.
Two days after the crash, the 97-year-old was spotted wearing a pair of tinted sunglasses and driving a new Land Rover in the same area without wearing a seat belt, prompting calls for his license to be taken away.
Prince Philip escaped injury in the accident, but Emma Fairweather, a passenger from the oncoming car, suffered a broken wrist, and called for him to be prosecuted if he was found to be at fault for driving without due care and attention.
Norfolk Police say that they have given Crown Prosecutors a file on the accident for their consideration, but giving up his license likely means that the prince will avoid charges.
Speaking after the accident, he said that the sun obscured his vision and that he “failed to see the car coming.” He went on to say that he was feeling “very contrite”, and that he wished Ms Fairweather “speedy recovery” from her injuries.