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The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip back behind the wheel again – and without a seatbelt

The Duke of Edinburgh has been spotted behind the wheel again, just two days after his car accident where the 97-year-old was lucky to survive with no serious injuries.

The Duke was driving alone, wearing tinted glasses, and without a seatbelt when the Daily Mail photographed him driving his Land Rover Freelander into the Sandringham Estate earlier today.

Those on social media have called Prince Philip’s driving without a seatbelt just two days after his horror crash “tone deaf” in a clear PR issue for the Palace.

His Royal Highness has received a warning from Norfolk police regarding his lack of seatbelt with the police saying that “suitable words of advice have been given to the driver. This is in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images.”

The Duke did take and pass a police-issued eyesight test today, according to a source.

On Thursday afternoon, His Royal Highness was involved in a car collision near the Sandringham Estate on the A149. The Prince, who was driving a Land Rover, collided with a Kia carrying two women and a baby boy.

Although Prince Philip’s car took a tumble, he had no serious injuries. However, one woman in the Kia suffered a broken wrist and the other sustained cuts to her knee. The baby boy was uninjured.

Both women were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and were discharged later that night.

A replacement Land Rover was delivered to the Sandringham Estate the day following the crash.

According to The Daily Mirror, the Land Rover is an exact replica of the one involved in the collision yesterday near the Sandringham Estate.

It is not believed to be a new vehicle and is usually stationed for The Royal Family at Balmoral.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.