‘It’s not a shock’ - victim of Prince Philip car crash speaks out after police decide no action will be taken
PUBLISHED: 09:02 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:59 15 February 2019
A Norfolk woman who suffered a broken wrist in a crash involving Prince Philip has criticised the decision to take no further action against the royal.
Emma Fairweather 46, was a passenger in the Kia that collided with the Duke’s Land Rover four weeks ago and told The Mirror that she wasn’t surprised he avoided prosecution.
On Thursday, police confirmed no action would be taken over the crash.
Speaking to the Mirror, Ms Fairweather said: “I don’t know if everyone would have been treated that way, It’s not a shock, really.
“I think he surrendered his licence last weekend to avoid prosecution. He will have been heavily advised. The whole thing feels managed and controlled.”
The 97-year-old Royal walked away from the accident on January 17 uninjured. The female driver of the Kia, Ellie Townsend, 28 suffered cuts to her knee and her nine-month-old son was unharmed.
On Thursday 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.”
Buckingham Palace said the Duke voluntarily handed in his driving licence to police last weekend.
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