Prince Philip will not be prosecuted over Sandringham car crash

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
The Duke of Edinburgh pictured driving in 2008 [Photo: PA]

The Duke of Edinburgh will face no further action over his Sandringham car crash, the Crown Prosecution have decided.

Prince Philip’s Landrover collided with a Kia at the junction of the B1439 where it meets the A149, on 17 January 2019. 

While the Duke, 97, was uninjured, the driver of the Kia, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee while the passenger, Emma Fairweather, 46, sustained a broken wrist. A nine-month-old baby boy was in the Kia at the time of the incident and was uninjured. 

The royal wrote to a letter Ms Fairweather in which he said “how very sorry I am” and wished her a “speedy recovery.”

It was confirmed by Buckingham Palace last weekend that Prince Philip had surrendered his driving licence. 

Broken glass and car parts on the side of the A149 near to the Sandringham Estate, following the Duke’s crash [Photo: PA]

Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, said: “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 licence.

“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.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Duke of Edinburgh respects the decision taken by the Crown Prosecution Service.”