Prince Philip, 97, gives up driver's license after crash

Prince Philip Surrenders Driving License Following Car Crash Disaster

Prince Philip Surrenders Driving License Following Car Crash Disaster

The Duke of Edinburgh has voluntarily surrendered his driving licence, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The Duke of Edinburgh has voluntarily surrendered his driving licence just over three weeks after he overturned his auto in a collision with another vehicle near the Queen's Sandringham estate.

Witnesses revealed Philip was shaking and pleading "get me out" after his Land Rover crashed while he was out driving alone without a protection officer.

"He is a pragmatist and a realist and I'm sure he will accept that while possibly muttering under his breath", Brandreth told PEOPLE.

The January 17 crash saw the royal consort's UK-built Land Rover SUV flip over and collide with another auto, injuring its occupants.

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.

The prince later apologized to Emma Fairweather, who suffered a broken arm in the collisiom, blaming the crash on sunlight that obscured his view and admitting he was "shaken" by the incident.

The letter is signed: "Yours sincerely Philip".

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In a letter dated 21 January, Philip wished her a "speedy recovery" and said he "failed to see the auto coming", the Sunday Mirror reported at the time.

"I thought it was really nice that he signed off as "Philip" and not the formal title".

"I suspect [this] will not have been an easy decision for the Duke of Edinburgh to have made", she said.

Fairweather had previously complained that while the Queen, who had no involvement in the accident, had been in contact through a lady-in-waiting, she had not had any direct communication with the Duke. But I do not recall that that day was sunny.

Police in the eastern part of England where the accident happened outside a royal residence said they had passed Philip's file to prosecutors to determine whether anyone should be charged.

"His Royal Highness had no injuries of concern".

In 2016, the Duke drove Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to lunch at Windsor Castle, prompting the former US President to remark: "I have to say I have never been driven by a Duke of Edinburgh before, but I can report it was very smooth riding".

The same witness said Philip had told police he was "blinded by the sun" when he turned onto the road without seeing the oncoming vehicle.

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