Prince Philip has been in the news a lot lately since he was in a car crash on January 17, 2019, while spending time at the royal family’s Sandringham Estate. Queen Elizabeth’s husband did not sustain any injuries. However, the crash was so bad that the British royal family member’s Range Rover was overturned. A few weeks after the crash, Prince Philip decided to give up his driver’s license.
Now that Prince Philip is no longer driving, you might think he’s in the clear, but that might not be the case. Will Prince Philip pay off the crash victims so the can move on?
Before Prince Philip relinquished his driver’s license, crash victim Emma Fairweather said she felt he should be prosecuted if found to be at fault. She also said he should give up driving. She told The Mirror he should receive the same treatment as non-royals. “I think he should be treated the same as anyone else. How could you say no to prosecuting him if he’s broken the law?” Fairweather also expressed her surprise about the fact that Prince Philip was reportedly seen driving a new car a few days later without a seat belt on, according to The Mirror.
The Duke of Edinburgh apologized for the role he played in the accident. He reportedly sent an apology letter to Fairweather:
„I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley crossroads… In normal conditions I would have no difficulty in seeing traffic coming from the Dersingham direction. But I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences.“
Could Prince Philip be prosecuted?
As a member of the British royal family, could Prince Philip be prosecuted if he is found at fault for the car crash? Attorney Nick Freeman said Prince Philip could face prosecution for driving without due care and attention, reports The Mirror. The penalty would result in an unlimited fine. However, Freeman said the Duke of Edinburgh could avoid prosecution by giving up his license, something he did on February 9, 2019. Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement that they will take the fact that Prince Philip returned his license into consideration.
How will the crash victims be compensated?
The royals are quite secretive about their finances, so it’s unclear how the crash victims will be compensated. Considering the drama surrounding the crash, it’s possible Prince Philip could pay off the victims so he can put this situation behind him once and for all. If he does pay off the victims, the funds would likely come from his royal allowance.
Prince Philip’s car accidents
Prince Philip has gotten into trouble behind the wheel before. In August 1947, three months before his wedding, Prince Philip crashed into a tree, causing damage to a fence and his car, while twisting his knee, reports The Mirror. In another incident, Prince Philip side-swiped a taxi, with Queen Elizabeth (then Princess Elizabeth) in the car.