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Police speak to Prince Philip after he is pictured driving without seatbelt two days after crash



Police have spoken to the Duke of Edinburgh after he was pictured driving without a seatbelt just 48 hours after his car crash.

Photos published on Saturday showed Prince Philip behind the wheel of a Land Rover Freelander on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

He was on his own in the car and not wearing a seatbelt in the images.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokeswoman said the force was aware of the photographs and that “suitable words of advice have been given to the driver”.

The Duke of Edinburgh leaving the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace
Philip, pictured here in December, visited hospital after the crash

“This is in line with our standard response when being made aware of such images showing this type of offence,” the spokewoman added.

It comes after the 97-year-old duke was pulled from his wrecked Freelander on Thursday after it flipped on its side following a collision with a Kia.

Two women inside the Kia were hurt in the collision but a nine-month-old baby boy in the vehicle was unharmed, police said.

Prince Philip car crash
Philip was in his Land Rover at the time of the crash

Philip – who passed a breathalyser test after the crash – passed a police eyesight test on Saturday, a source told the Press Association.

The Queen’s transport manager Alex Garty was seen at Sandringham as a new Freelander was delivered to the royal residence on Friday.

A replacement Land Rover has been delivered to the Duke
A replacement Land Rover was delivered to the duke on Friday

It is believed to be the same car that the duke has been seen driving near to Balmoral in the past.

The crash happened on Thursday as Philip’s Freelander pulled out of a side road on to a stretch of the A149 which was earmarked by the local authority for possible safety measures.

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‘I got Philip out of car wreckage’

Norfolk Police said two women – the 28-year-old Kia driver who suffered cuts to her knee and a 45-year-old passenger who broke a wrist – were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn that day and discharged.

The force is currently investigating the crash and it said “any appropriate action” will be taken if necessary.

Philip visited hospital on Friday morning on doctor’s advice but has “no injuries of concern”, a palace spokeswoman said.

He “exchanged well-wishes” with the other people involved in the crash, she added.

Nick Freeman, the lawyer dubbed Mr Loophole, said the duke could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention if he was deemed to have made a mistake.

But he added: “If the sun was so low and right in your eyes, sometimes it’s impossible to see, and that may well have been the case, and that would afford him a defence.”

Buckingham Palace is yet to comment on the images of Philip driving on Saturday.

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