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The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip: “I am deeply sorry”

The Duke of Edinburgh has contacted the passenger of the Kia which he was involved in a collision with last week expressing his sorrow over the incident.

In the letter addressed to Emma Fairweather which has since been published in the Sunday Mirror, the 97-year-old said that he was sorry for the part he played in the incident, explaining that the sun dazzled his view.

He added that he was “somewhat shaken” after the accident and was “deeply sorry” to hear about the 45-year-old’s broken arm.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s letter in full:

“I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads.

“I have been across that crossing any number of times and I know very well the amount of traffic that uses that main road.

“It was a bright sunny day and at about three in the afternoon, the sun was low over the Wash.

“In other words, the sun was shining low over the main road. 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.

“I was somewhat shaken after the accident, but I was greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured.

 “As a crowd was beginning to gather, I was advised to return to Sandringham House by a local Police Officer. I have since learned that you suffered a broken arm. I am deeply sorry about this injury.

“I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience.”

Ms Fairweather told the Mirror that she was “pleasantly surprised” by the letter, adding that she is “chuffed.”