Prince Philip has been given a talking to by UK police after photos emerged of the 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh driving without a seatbelt just two days after a serious collision with another vehicle.
British newspapers the Daily Mail and the Sun published pictures of Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, wearing dark glasses and no seatbelt while driving a replacement Land Rover at the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk.
A Norfolk Constabulary spokeswoman said “suitable words of advice have been given to the driver”, after the photographs were brought to their attention.
“This is in line with our standard response when being made aware of our receiving such images showing this type of offence,” she said.
Philip escaped a fine, despite a person caught driving on a public road without a seatbelt normally being penalised 100 pounds ($180).
On Thursday, the Duke was breath-tested after his car flipped over following a crash with another vehicle close to the royal Sandringham Estate.
The driver of the other vehicle, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old woman passenger, which also had a nine-month-old baby on board, sustained a broken wrist. They were taken to hospital but later released.
Philip reportedly said, “I’m such a fool” after being pulled from his wrecked Freelander after it flipped on its side following the collision with a Kia.
The baby boy was unharmed, police said.
Passenger Emma Fairweather told the Sunday Mirror: “I’m lucky to be alive and he hasn’t even said sorry.
“It has been such a traumatic and painful time and I would have expected more of the Royal Family,” she added.
A palace spokeswoman on Friday said that Philip had exchanged “well-wishes” with the injured women.