About time for Phillip!
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.