Prince Philip, 97, gives up driving licence | 2019-02-10

Prince Philip, 97, gives up driving licence


10th February, 2019 10:16:41 printer

Prince Philip, 97, gives up driving licence


The Duke of Edinburgh is to voluntarily give up his driving licence, Buckingham Palace has said.


It comes after the 97-year-old duke apologised over a car crash near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, in which his Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after a collision with a Kia.


Buckingham Palace said that he surrendered his licence on Saturday.


Norfolk Police confirmed that the duke had surrendered his licence to officers and it would now be returned to the DVLA.


The investigation file for the collision has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, which said it would take the latest development into account.


"The duke is reported to have acknowledged that the collision last month was his fault," said BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond.


"There was a fair deal of criticism of his decision to drive just two days after the crash. Now he has chosen to give up some of his independence and will have a driver from this point on."


The duke wrote to a woman injured in the crash, which happened on 17 January on the A149 near the Queen's country estate.


He escaped injury, but Emma Fairweather, a passenger in the Kia, broke her wrist.


The Kia was carrying three people, including a nine-month-old baby boy, his mother who was driving and Ms Fairweather, 46.


In the letter to Ms Fairweather, dated 21 January and reproduced by the Sunday Mirror, the duke acknowledged the "very distressing experience".