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

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

He apologised for his part in an accident on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk when his Land Rover Freelander collided with another auto on January 17, leaving two women needing hospital treatment. Pictures from the scene showed Prince Philip's Land Rover turned on its side.

"After careful consideration, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving license", the palace said in a statement obtained by AP. The Prince, who was driving a Land Rover, collided with a Kia carrying two women and a baby boy.

Norfolk Police are reported to have given him "suitable words of advice" after images were published showing him back behind the wheel of a replacement Freelander on the Queen's Sandringham estate.

Two days later he was pictured driving without a seatbelt, prompting criticism.

Prince Philip wrote to the female passenger involved in the crash, Emma Fairweather, who had criticised him in the media, apologising for his role in the accident and saying it appeared the late afternoon sun had prevented him seeing their vehicle approaching.

The news that Philip would be surrendering his license came two weeks after he sent an apology letter to a woman who suffered a broken wrist from the crash, which occurred near the royal family's Sandringham Estate.

Norfolk Police said in a statement on Saturday the investigation file on the collision "has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration".

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She said she was "chuffed" to receive the response, after earlier noting a lack of direct communication with the Prince in interviews with other United Kingdom media outlets.

"People could have been killed".

"He's a very fearless man". When do United Kingdom drivers have to hand in their licenses?

Philip retired from public life in 2017, although he still occasionally appears with his 92-year-old wife at official events.

While there is no legal limit on driving ages in the United Kingdom, motorists have to renew their licence at least 90 days before reaching the age of 70, and then every three years after that.

It said it would forward the licence to Britain's licencing authority, the DVLA.

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