Prince Philip crash: auto crash victim speaks out after Royal surrenders licence

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Philip was behind the wheel of a Land Rover near the royals' Sandringham estate - it's located in eastern England - when he smashed into another vehicle.

Though Prince Philip walked away unharmed, palace officials revealed that he was "shaken" by the crash and concerned for the safety of the people in the other auto. Two women in the other auto were injured but didn't suffer serious injuries and a 9-month-old boy was unharmed.

Two days after that accident, the duke was photographed driving a replacement Range Rover without a seatbelt, which is illegal in Britain. According to reports, the Duke of Edinburgh was subsequently offered "suitable words of advice" by a Norfolk police officer.

The crash did not immediately put Philip off driving.

The palace said the royal made the decision after "careful consideration".

United Kingdom police sent their investigation of the crash to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is considering whether to bring charges against Prince Philip over the crash last month.

The duke wrote a letter to Fairweather, dated January 21, that it was a "very distressing experience".

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Fairweather, who had previously spoken out about how disappointed she was over the lack of an immediate apology, went on to tell the Sunday Mirror how much she appreciated the note.

It [the decision] won't have been easy for him to make as it is a loss of independence.

The sun was blamed for hindering his vision and he wrote he was "very contrite about the consequences" of the collision.

But the lawyer, dubbed Mr Loophole, said the duke could avoid prosecution by surrendering his licence because it would decrease the chances of a case being in the public interest.

According to one eyewitness, the Kia, driven by a 28-year-old mother, "T-boned" the duke's vehicle and ended up in a hedge with smoke coming from the engine.

The Queen, a trained military driver during World War II, is said to have shocked Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah - then crown prince - by climbing into the driver's seat and taking him for a ride around her estate during a visit to Britain in 1998.

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