A few weeks ago on January 17, Prince Philip was involved in a scary car accident near his Sandringham Estate during which one woman was seriously injured — but it’s just been announced that he won’t be facing any charges from the crash at all.
The Crown Prosecution Service recently revealed that no further action would be taken against the 97-year-old for his part in the incident. Chris Long, chief crown prosecutor for CPS East of England, had this to say in a statement: “The CPS has carefully reviewed material submitted by the police in relation to a traffic collision on the A149 on 17 January this year. We took into account all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the surrender of the driving license. We have decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute. All those involved in the collision have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing.”
On the CPS website, they noted that “any decision by the CPS does not imply any finding concerning guilt or criminal conduct.” This is certainly good news for the Duke of Edinburgh who has received a ton of criticism and questions since the crash, especially from those wondering why Queen Elizabeth‘s elderly husband is often out and about on his own.
Last month, a former royal protection officer named Ken Wharfe called this move insane, adding that Philip is a “difficult person to work with,” based on the fact that he wants to do things without assistance. “To go on his own and not wear a seat belt and not take a bodyguard is crazy,” he added.
While Prince Charles‘ dad won’t be getting charged, the passenger who was injured in the crash, Emma Fairweather, can at least take solace in the fact that Philip has given up his license to drive and that he recently did apologize to her. “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads,” he said in a letter sent almost a week after the accident. “I am deeply sorry about this injury. I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience.”
Hopefully, everyone can now put this incident behind them.
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