- A good three weeks after his serious car accident, the 97-year-old Prince Philip has renounced his driver's license.
- Philip had been involved in an accident near the Royal Manor Sandringham in Norfolk, England, only in mid-January.
- The accident sparked a debate in the UK about the fitness of older people to drive.
The 97-year-old husband of the British Queen, Prince Philip, has given his driver's license. That's what Buckingham Palace said on Saturday night. Philip had made the decision voluntarily and after careful consideration, it said in the message of the palace.
Philip had been involved in an accident near the Royal Manor Sandringham in Norfolk, England, only in mid-January. The prince consort of 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II had collided with another car while turning onto a busy road and had overturned in his Land Rover. He got away without injuries. In the other vehicle, a passenger broke a wrist, the driver suffered cuts on the knee. A nine-month-old baby in the car was unhurt.
The incident had triggered a debate over senior citizens at the wheel. In the UK, driving licenses expire at the age of 70, but can be renewed with a simple self-assessment test. According to official data, more than 100 000 senior citizens over the age of 90 still have a driving license in the Kingdom.
Sorry after massive public criticism
Philip fueled the debate when he was spotted driving a short time later – without a seatbelt. In addition, he apologized only after massive public criticism of the injured women. He was very sorry and he was "very contrite in the face of the consequences" of the accident.
He knows very well the heavy traffic near Sandringham, wrote Prince Philip in his letter. But he had been blinded by the sun in the afternoon and did not see the other vehicle. "I am very much upset about the consequences."
Who was to blame for the collision, is not yet officially clarified. The police said on Saturday, the case has now been handed over to the prosecutor. The said, the step Philips is considered in the decision on a possible prosecution.
Prince Philip is known for his passion for speed and driving. He retired from public life in 2017.