The Duke of Edinburgh was pulling out of a driveway onto a rural A road when his vehicle was smashed on its side. Yet, the fiercely independent royal, 97 was, in fact, uninjured after the 4×4 he was driving was T-boned and then overturned on the A419 at Babingley, Norfolk at 3 pm.
Observers have reported how they pulled the Prince from his wrecked vehicle which had flipped over onto the driver’s door.
A royal bodyguard with the Prince at the time also emerged uninjured, and those who saw the collision said the ageing royal was shaken after his vehicle turned over after being T-boned and left with a broken windscreen.
The people that helped to get him out of his vehicle said he was conscious but somewhat shaken, and there was loads of police around, and Prince Philip who miraculously walked away from the collision was then cared for by royal doctors and the Queen by his side.
The people in the other vehicle were two females and a baby who was treated in hospital but have since been discharged, but, Prince Philip and the driver of the Kia people carrier were breath tested which presented negative readings.
The female driver of the Kia sustained injuries while the female passenger sustained an arm injury, both needing hospital treatment, but the road remained accessible and both vehicles were collected a short time later.
Jordan Andrew, 21, who’s a builder at his dad’s home maintenance company recorded the collision scene while travelling with a colleague who was driving said that he wondered why there were so many unmarked police cars and flashing lights at the scene.
There was a black range rover with flashing lights which clearly belonged to the police, and there was also a black BMW X5 which had flashing lights, and Jordan said he only realised the significance of the collision when he got a news alert on his phone when he arrived home.
Dramatic images show the royal vehicle on its side following the unexpected encounter, and the Archbishop of York tweeted a prayer for the Prince following the collision. But the collision comes after safety experts had warned of the heightened risks of older motorists getting behind a wheel.
Figures show that in 2018, the amount of motorist aged above 70 years old are referred by the DVLA for further examination, which went up by 20 per cent, and under the law, Prince Philip would have had to reapply for his licence once he attained the age of 70.
Nevertheless, there is no examination or test but a declaration has to be made, and once over 70, a person has to reapply for their licence every three years, including the Prince.
But clearly Prince Philip needs to stop driving, and very clearly at the age of 97 he’s too old to drive, and he should never have been pulling out of a driveway onto the main road, but fortunately for him the vehicle was armour plated so he dodged grave injury, but for the people in the other vehicle it could have been so much different, especially with a baby in the car.
The only shocking element in all of this that he’s still allowed to drive, and those other people in their car could have died, could the monarchy have that on their conscience?
The Royal estate must have lots of private roads he can drive on if he needs to drive, and we should question why he drives when he has people that can chauffeur him about, and they shouldn’t be waiving the test for him simply because he’s a Prince.
He shouldn’t have been driving, yet another instance of there being one rule for one and not the other, but the palace was keen to reassure us that he wasn’t hurt but gave no consideration of mentioning that no one else was injured either.
This man is 97 with continued long-standing health problems which makes him self-indulgent, thoughtless and poorly behaved, and whoever was at fault it was he who was definitely “shaken but not stirred.”