It was on 17 January that the accident occurred near the royal goods Sandringham in eastern England. The duke of Edinburgh set yourself behind the wheel of his Land rover when he collided with another car. The prince drove out from a minor road on to a main road and has said that he was blinded by the sun.
and ended up in the ditch. He was ”shocked and shaken up” but suffered no injuries, according to Buckingham Palace. In the other car were two women, who received minor injuries, and a nine months old boy.
”the Sun was low over the main road. In normal I would not have had any problems to have an overview of traffic. I can only assume that I did not see the car, and I am very remorseful over what happened,” writes the prince in the letters sent to the women, according to the BBC.
one woman broke the wrist and a few days after the accident, the opinion called for an apology from the duke of Edinburgh.
" It would mean so much to me if the prince apologized. I don't even know if he is sad over the accident. It should not mean any major sacrifice for him and the queen to send a card and a bouquet of flowers, said the 46-year-old woman to the Sunday Mirror a week ago.
very happy since she received it kindly-worded letter.
" It feels good that he wrote in the letter to Philip, and not with his formal title. I was pleasantly surprised by the personal address, " she says to the Sunday Mirror.
a Few days after the car crash was filmed prince Philip when he drove a car without a seatbelt and then got a reprimand by the police.
the Incidents have led to debate concerning older drivers has been brought back to life. ”The 97-year-old prince reached an age when he constitutes a danger to other road users?”, asks the Daily Mail.
that is older than 70 years old must renew their license every three years. They don't need to do any practical driving test and there is no upper age limit for drivers, writes The Guardian.
In november of 2018, there were 11.624 licensed drivers in the united kingdom, which was older than 95 years, according to the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency.
Prince Philip, who is married to the current british monarch, queen Elizabeth, resigned their public duties two years ago.