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‘Voluntarily Surrender’: UK’s Prince Philip to Give Up License After Car Crash

10 February 2019

In the accident on 17 January, Prince Philip's auto flipped over after the collision with the Kia, which was carrying a nine-month-old boy, his mother and another passenger.

"After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license", announced a Buckingham Palace spokesperson on Saturday, referring to the prince by his official title.

The Duke of Edinburgh surrendered his driving licence as prosecutors considered whether to bring charges over a crash that injured two women.

The Duke of Edinburgh was behind the wheel of a four-wheel-drive near the royal family's Sandringham estate in eastern England when he smashed into another vehicle on January 17.

"I was somewhat shaken after the accident, but I was greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured", he wrote, mentioning the 28-year-old driver who suffered cuts to her knee and her 9-month-old baby in the backseat, who was uninjured.

Prince Philip had to be pulled from the wreckage after he pulled out on an A road and hit a Kia, which was carrying a nine-month-old boy, his mother and another passenger.

He escaped injury but Emma Fairweather broke her wrist and called for Prince Philip to be prosecuted if found to be at fault.

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"It was a bright sunny day and at about three in the afternoon, the sun was low over the Wash".

Fairweather, 46, told the Sunday Mirror she was "chuffed" with the letter, adding: "I thought it was really nice that he signed off as "Philip" and not the formal title".

Less than two days after the crash Philip was seen driving without a seat belt.

Philip, 97, voluntarily gave up his credentials on Saturday (local time), Buckingham Palace says.

"I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience".

The duke was forced to follow standard police procedure and take a breath test.

The same witness said Philip had told police he was "blinded by the sun" when he turned onto the road without seeing the oncoming auto. According to reports, the Duke of Edinburgh was subsequently offered "suitable words of advice" by a Norfolk police officer.

‘Voluntarily Surrender’: UK’s Prince Philip to Give Up License After Car Crash