Thursday 21 February 2019

'I have no idea if Prince Philip is sorry' - crash victim speaks out as Duke drives again

File photo datedof the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, who was left
File photo datedof the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, who was left "very shocked" and shaken when the Land Rover Discovery he was driving was hit by a Kia as he drove near the Queen's Sandringham estate on Thursday afternoon, talking to the Queen while at the wheel of a similar vehicle during the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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A mother-of-two who was injured in a dramatic car crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh has claimed no-one from the Royal Family has contacted her to offer an apology.

Emma Fairweather (46) broke her wrist when the Kia she was travelling in hit a Land Rover being driven by the Queen's consort near Sandringham on Thursday.

Separately, police have spoken to the duke after he was pictured driving a new Land Rover without a seatbelt.

That was just 48 hours after the crash with a car carrying Ms Fairweather, another woman and a nine-month-old baby.

Media film broken glass and car parts on the side of the A149 near to the Sandringham Estate where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident. Picture date: Friday January 18, 2019. John Stillwell/PA Wire
Media film broken glass and car parts on the side of the A149 near to the Sandringham Estate where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident. Picture date: Friday January 18, 2019. John Stillwell/PA Wire

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said Philip exchanged "well-wishes" with the injured women following the collision on the busy A-road, but Ms Fairweather told the Sunday Mirror this was not the case.

She told the paper: "I still haven't had any contact from the Royal household.

"Maybe he should prioritise that over test driving his new car."

The 97-year-old passed a police eyesight test on Saturday morning as the investigation into Thursday's crash continues, with police saying "any appropriate action" will be taken if necessary.

Ms Fairweather has questioned whether the duke should continue driving, and added: "It would mean the world to me if Prince Philip said sorry but I have no idea if he's sorry at all."

The duke reportedly said "I'm such a fool" as he was pulled from his wrecked Freelander on Thursday after it flipped on its side from the impact in the crash in Norfolk.

Broken glass and car parts on the side of the A149 near to the Sandringham Estate where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident yesterday while driving. John Stillwell/PA Wire
Broken glass and car parts on the side of the A149 near to the Sandringham Estate where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident yesterday while driving. John Stillwell/PA Wire

Retired NHS worker Victoria Warne told The Sun she spoke to the duke at the scene of the crash as she looked after the injured occupants of the Kia.

The 72-year-old, from Norfolk, said: "The passenger from the other car told me, 'I always wanted to meet a royal - but not this way'.

The crash happened as Philip's Freelander pulled out of a side road on to a stretch of the A149 which was earmarked by the local authority for possible safety measures.

The duke appeared to be travelling without a police protection officer; individuals who guard all senior members of the Royal Family when at public and private events.

At a meeting, coincidentally scheduled for Friday, Norfolk County Council approved plans to lower the speed limit on the road from 60mph to 50mph, backed by speed cameras.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokeswoman said the force was aware of the photographs taken on Saturday and that "suitable words of advice have been given to the driver".

She said: "This is in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images showing this type of offence."

Buckingham Palace did not comment on the images.

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