News World Britain's Prince Philip 'deeply sorry' after car crash

Britain’s Prince Philip ‘deeply sorry’ after car crash

Queen Elizabeth’s 97-year-old husband Prince Philip has written to a woman injured in a crash involving his Land Rover this month to say he was “deeply sorry”.

He wished Emma Fairweather a “speedy recovery from a very distressing experience” in the letter, dated Jan. 21 and published by the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

The apology, which was signed “Yours sincerely, Philip,” came after the Royal Family was widely criticised over its response to the accident. Philip also received a warning from police for driving without a seatbelt two days after the crash.

Philip escaped without injury when the Land Rover he was driving flipped over following a collision with a Kia car carrying Fairweather on Jan. 17 close to the royals’ Sandringham residence in Norfolk, eastern England.

Fairweather, 46, broke her wrist in the accident, and the driver of the Kia, which was carrying a nine-month-baby, suffered cuts to her knee.

“I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads,” Philip said in the letter.

Philip suggested that the sun shining low over the main road played a part in the accident.

“In normal conditions I would have no difficulty in seeing traffic coming from the Dersingham direction, but I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences,” he said.

Philip said he was “somewhat shaken” after the crash and was greatly relieved that there were no serious injuries. He said he was advised to return to Sandringham by a police officer, and only subsequently learned of Fairweather’s injury.

“I ma deeply sorry about this injury” he said.

Fairweather said the letter was a “nice touch”.

“It is a difficult letter to write – to know what would be the right thing to say without making me more upset,” she told the newspaper.

REUTERS

Top Stories

Cyprus to launch SMS campaign to avert migrant arrivals

    Cyprus is launching a multilingual SMS campaign to head off more migrant arrivals by dispelling the mistaken belief that it is a gateway to...

Deputy Minister participates in EU teleconferences on research, innovation and space issues

Cyprus' Deputy Minister for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Kyriacos Kokkinos participated on May 29 in two informal teleconferences of the EU Ministers responsible...

Police book three restaurants for breaking distancing rule

  Three restaurants were booked after police carried out 642 checks from 6 pm on Sunday to 6 am on Monday at various businesses to...

GHS Phase Two gets underway with 85% of island’s doctors on board

Phase Two of GHS (Gesy) that incorporates inpatient services to the reform has begun as of today, June 1, with 85% of Cyprus' doctors...

Solar heater subsidy scheme launched

  The RES and Energy Conservation Fund is accepting applications for a scheme subsidising  solar heaters for water at residences for 2020. The scheme has a...

Taste

Local cuisine: An introduction

Rich in fresh ingredients and tasty herbs, offers the very best of Mediterranean culinary delights. Head out to a tavern and feast on a...

Spiced lamb with beetroot salad and scented yoghurt

Lay the lamb on a tray, skin side down. Rub with crushed garlic, sprinkle with spices and ground pistachios, wrap in plastic wrap and...

Easy seafood pasta with white wine sauce

Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, chopped 2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream 1/3 cup white wine 300g spaghetti, roughly broken 300-400g of...

Traditional salads that will blow your mind away

This traditional salads will make you actually love salads! Cyprus may be famous for souvla and kleftiko but if you try the traditional salads with...