The Duke of Edinburgh has reacted to the new that he will not face prosecution over the Sandringham Car Crash last month, with a Buckingham Palace spokesperson saying he “respects” the decision.
The Crown Prosecution Service revealed that it is not within the public interest to prosecute the 97-year-old in relation to the incident.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Prince Philip “respects the decision taken by the Crown Prosecution Service.”
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.”
In February, Prince Philip 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. A baby boy was uninjured.
Both women were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and were discharged later that night.
The 97-year-old caused further controversy only a day later after he spotted behind the wheel again, this time without wearing a seatbelt.
This incident prompted police to issue a warning to the Prince regarding his lack of a seatbelt.
A Norfolk Police spokesperson said: “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.”