About time for Phillip!

Millennium Post - - Mp Editorial -

The Royal fam­ily in Eng­land is not above law. A cou­ple of its mem­bers have been cau­tioned by the po­lice in the past when it came to driv­ing. But the Duke of Ed­in­burgh driv­ing at 97 was rel­a­tively risky. So, he has fi­nally sur­ren­dered his driv­ing li­cense, weeks af­ter the 97-year-old was in­volved in a car crash that left a fe­male driver in­jured. UK 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. A CPS spokesman said they would “re­view each file care­fully be­fore a de­ci­sion is made” and will take into ac­count that Philip sur­ren­dered his li­cense. A Land Rover driven by Philip, the hus­band of Queen El­iz­a­beth II, col­lided with an­other car on a pub­lic road near the Queen’s San­dring­ham es­tate in Nor­folk, Eng­land, last month. Later he apol­o­gised to Emma Fair­weather, who suf­fered a bro­ken arm in the col­li­sion, blam­ing the crash on sun­light that ob­scured his view and ad­mit­ting he was “shaken” by the in­ci­dent. “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the ac­ci­dent,” Philip wrote in the let­ter. “I have been across that cross­ing any num­ber of times and I know very well the amount of traf­fic that uses that main road,” the Duke of Ed­in­burgh wrote, blam­ing the in­ci­dent on bright sun­light. The ac­ci­dent left the Duke’s car flipped onto its side, with a wit­ness later re­call­ing that he helped pull a blood­ied Philip from the ve­hi­cle. Philip was crit­i­cised af­ter he was pic­tured driv­ing on a pub­lic road with­out a seat belt just 48 hours af­ter the crash, while Fair­weather had ear­lier said that she had not heard from the Duke in the days im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. “I thought it was re­ally nice that he signed off as ‘Philip’ and not the for­mal ti­tle. I was pleas­antly sur­prised be­cause of the per­son­alised na­ture.” Fair­weather also added that she wel­comed Philip’s de­ci­sion to sur­ren­der his driver’s li­cense. “He’s mak­ing the most sen­si­ble de­ci­sion he can. It’s a shame he didn’t make it a bit sooner but it’s the right thing to do.” The in­ci­dent dom­i­nated Bri­tish me­dia and led to a pub­lic de­bate about whether peo­ple over a cer­tain age should have to re­take their driv­ing tests. Prince Philip fa­mously drove US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama from their he­li­copter on a visit to the United King­dom in 2016, with the Queen in the back seat. That, thank­fully, was a safe pas­sage. In­ci­den­tally, the Queen drives around Wind­sor. Other Roy­als drive around too. Per­haps, it is a free­dom of sorts for them.

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