British Prince Philip’s traffic troubles


British Prince Philip in a car, EPA photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Prince Philip on the road again shortly after collision, without a seat belt

The police in Norfolk gave the British prince Philip a reprimand because he was yesterday behind the wheel without a seat belt.

If the man behind the wheel without a seat belt shortly after causing a collision would not have been a prince, but unemployed/disabled Joe Bloggs, then I suspect police might have done a lot more than a ‘reprimand’.

According to the BBC: ‘A person caught not wearing a seatbelt could receive an on-the-spot £100 fine. If a case goes to court, the fine could increase to £500’.

On Thursday, the 97-year-old prince was involved in a car accident in which his Range Rover rolled over. Philip remained unharmed, unlike a passenger in the other car involved in the collision. She broke her wrist.

British tabloids yesterday placed photos of Philip who drove at the entrance of the Royal Estate Sandringham without a belt. Those photographs led to a storm of criticism by people who felt that the Duke of Edinburgh was irresponsible, so shortly after the accident. …

‘No apology’

The investigation into Thursday’s accident is still ongoing. Witnesses say that the prince came from a side road at Sandringham, without taking traffic into account.

The 46-year-old woman who was injured in the collision tells The Sunday Mirror that Philip has not apologized. “It has been such a traumatic and painful time and I would have expected more of the Royal Family.” …

Still, the woman wonders whether the absence of personal apologies means Philip has no regrets. ““I love the royals but I’ve been ignored and rejected and I’m in a lot of pain. What would it have taken for him and the Queen to send me a card and a bunch of flowers?” the newspaper quotes her.

From the BBC today:

Ms [Emma] Fairweather, who was a passenger in the car being driven by her friend, told the Sunday Mirror: “I’m lucky to be alive and he hasn’t even said sorry. …

She said she had not heard from the royal household but had got a call from a police family liaison officer.

“The message he passed on didn’t even make sense. He said, ‘The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you,'” she said.

“That’s not an apology or even a well-wish.”

Prince Philip ‘drives like he’s only one on road’ and is ‘notorious in Sandringham’. EXCLUSIVE After his horror crash on Thursday, a Sandringham resident has claimed to have multiple near-misses with the Duke of Edinburgh: here.

‘Prince Philip nearly ran my dad off the road – then stuck his finger up at him’. EXCLUSIVE: Rob Stevenson says his dad David was forced to take evasive action after the Duke allegedly sped around a tight corner near the Sandringham Estate two decades ago: here.

Prince Philip ‘threatened to throw Queen out of car’ after she ‘yelped’ in terror. Gyles Brandreth, a friend and biographer of The Duke of Edinburgh, spoke about the royal’s love of driving fast following Prince Phillip’s accident on Thursday: here.

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