At 97, Prince Philip gives up driving license


Nearly a month after the horror crash that flipped Prince Philip's land rover, the 97-year-old Duke has voluntarily surrendered his driver'slicence following backlash about his driving habits.

"A lot of people said it was unrealistic that I wanted that human kindness from Prince Philip - which is what I saw this letter as".

After it was announced that Prince Philip would surrender his driving licence, a senior palace source told the publication: "Philip is a very proud and principled man but it's fair to say the Queen was highly instrumental in his decision to give up his driving licence".

The 97-year-old duke apologised over a auto crash near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, in which his Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after a collision with a Kia.

A replacement Land Rover being delivered to the Duke of Edinburgh at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Police said that after that, they offered him "suitable words of advice".

His vehicle flipped over in the crash after he pulled out into a busy A road and collided with a Kia, carrying a nine-month old boy, his mother and another passenger.

A police spokesperson said: "We will follow the standard procedure and return the licence to the DVLA".

Surprisingly, just two days after the accident, the prince was seen driving a vehicle in the same region and not wearing a seat belt.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrives at Paddington Station with Queen Elizabeth II as they mark the 175th anniversary of the first train journey by a British Monarch on June 13, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Fairweather said: "He's making the most sensible decision he can".

James Brookes, of the Royal Central news site, said Philip was a "strong-willed" individual who was probably not swayed by the public backlash when deciding to hang up his key.

But Brookes conceded that Philip would have "obviously" been aware of the bad press.

Dymond also called Philip a "fiercely independent" person who "would have resisted any suggestion that he be denied the right to drive himself".

He is famous in Britain for his forthright manner and his love of speed.