Prince Philip given 'words of advice' by police after being spotted driving without seatbelt days after Sandringham car crash

'The duke's routine in the coming days will continue as normal', palace says

Zamira Rahim
Saturday 19 January 2019 19:36
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Cars removed from scene after Prince Philip is involved in road traffic accident close to Sandringham Estate

Prince Philip has reportedly been photographed driving a new Land Rover just two days after he was involved in a car crash that left two women injured.

Images published on Saturday by Mail Online and The Sun appeared to show the royal, wearing no seatbelt, behind the wheel of a new Freelander on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokeswoman said the force was aware of the photographs and that “suitable words of advice have been given to the driver.

“This is in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images showing this type of offence.”

Alex Garty, the Queen’s transport manager, had earlier been seen at Sandringham as the vehicle was delivered to the royal residence.

Philip, who is 97, was driving a similar vehicle on Thursday when it collided with a car close to Sandringham and flipped onto its side.

Photographs from the scene showed that the accident wrecked the consort’s Land Rover.

A 28-year-old woman, who was driving the other car, suffered cuts to her knee and her 45-year-old passenger was left with a broken wrist, Norfolk Police said.

A nine-month old baby was also in the car, but was unharmed in the collision.

“He looked so worried and told me, ‘I’m such a fool’,” eyewitness Victoria Warne told The Sun about the royal’s reaction to the accident.

“The passenger from the other car told me, ‘I always wanted to meet a royal – but not this way’,” the 72-year-old added.

The women were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn that day and discharged.

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Philip appeared to be travelling without his security detail. Police protection officers guard all senior members of the royal family when at public and private events.

A palace spokeswoman said on Friday that Philip had exchanged “well-wishes” with the injured women and appeared to have no lasting problems following the collision.

“The duke’s routine in the coming days will continue as normal,” a source added on the same day.

Police have declined to comment on the cause of the crash.

Additional reporting by PA

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