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Prince Philip given official warning by police after he is pictured driving without seatbelt just days after crash



The Duke of Edinburgh has been given an official warning by police after he was photographed driving without a seatbelt just days after he was involved in a serious collision.

According to the Mail on Sunday, police warned the 97-year-old about his behaviour after photographs were published showing the Duke driving without the seatbelt.

Some observers will point out that Prince Philip might have gotten off lucky, with many drivers facing a £500 for not wearing a seatbelt.

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.

Additional reporting by Brittani Barger