Sunday 21 July 2019

'The queen has contacted me, but not the duke' - woman hurt in crash with Prince Philip

Prince Philip
Prince Philip
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
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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The mother-of-two injured in a car crash involving Britain's Prince Philip has said she has received a message from the Queen - but is "surprised" Philip has not tried to contact her personally.

Emma Fairweather said a member of the Queen's staff left a voice message after trying to ring her to find out how she was following the incident that left her with a broken wrist.

The 46-year-old said it was "confusing" to receive a message "from someone else's partner who wasn't involved in the accident".

"The door is absolutely still open for him to reach out," she told the Daily Mirror.

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

"While it's nice the Queen has seen it may be appropriate to ask one of her staff to contact me and wish me well, she wasn't involved in the accident.

"I'm still quite surprised that Prince Philip hasn't felt he wants to contact me and inquire as to how I am."

The Queen attended a church service on the Sandringham Estate on Sunday accompanied by the Duke of York.

Her husband did not attend, although he has missed several services in recent weeks.

It emerged on Sunday that Ms Fairweather had not been contacted by anyone from the palace following the crash, which happened on Thursday afternoon, despite officials saying the parties involved had exchanged "well-wishes" with Philip.

Ms Fairweather was with another woman and a nine-month baby when the Kia they were travelling in collided with a Land Rover Freelander being driven by the duke near Sandringham.

The force of the crash rolled the 4x4 onto its side, while the Kia was also badly damaged.

Philip (97) escaped the crash without injury, although the women involved in the crash required hospital treatment for their injuries. The baby miraculously escaped unhurt.

Ms Fairweather told the Mirror she has been advised by doctors that she may need surgery on her wrist if attempts to set the break fail.

Norfolk Police are continuing their investigation into the crash, which happened on the A149 shortly before 3pm.

Philip reportedly said "I'm such a fool" as he was pulled from the wrecked car by Roy Warne.

Philip was pictured driving a new Land Rover without a seatbelt just 48 hours after the crash.

Police spoke to the duke about the legal requirement to wear a belt and he also underwent an eyesight test, which he passed.

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