Since Prince Philip retired from public life, we only get brief glimpses into how he’s spending his time. He doesn’t seem to be living with the Queen on any kind of permanent or long-term basis at this point – he spends most of his time at Windsor Castle, and only occasionally travels to Buckingham Palace or Sandringham. He likes to ride in the horse-drawn carriages around Windsor, and he only shows up for “royal events” when he feels like it. I’m sort of fine with all that? That man is 97 years old, let him enjoy a retirement. But do NOT let him drive a car, for the love of God. I can’t believe Prince Philip is still allowed to drive cars, but he is. And he crashed his Land Rover yesterday.
Prince Philip is ‘conscious but very shocked and shaken’ after flipping his Land Rover in a dramatic car crash near the Sandringham estate. The Queen is by the duke’s side following the collision which happened just after 3pm when he pulled out of a driveway onto the A149 in Babingley, Norfolk, which leads to Sandringham.
Images have emerged of a black Land Rover having rolled on its side following the crash with a people carrier. Police and ambulance rushed to the scene where two people – in the people carrier – were treated for minor injuries.
The duke was seen by a doctor at his medical facilities on the Sandringham Estate following the crash as a precaution but was given the all clear. A witness said they helped the duke out of the vehicle. He was conscious but very shocked and shaken, royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said.
Apparently, the “two people” in the car with Philip were women, and both were immediately hospitalized following the crash. Of course there’s a lot to say about his age, but I’d also like to take a moment to wonder if everyone was wearing their seatbelts? For Philip to walk away unscathed from a car flip seems to indicate that he was wearing a seatbelt. But the ladies? Hm. As for his age… yes, there’s only one thing to say: make him stop driving. He has security and personnel around him, surely one of them can drive. Also: apparently, the police are investigating the accident and there’s a very real possibility that the Duke could be charged with some kind of driving citation.
Update: I was confused by the initial reporting, as commenters pointed out, the two women injured were in the other car. And it’s not victim-blaming to wonder if everyone was wearing their seatbelts, Jesus. It’s common sense and a PSA: WEAR YOUR SEATBELTS.
There’s a really bad part of me that had a conspiracy theory about all of this, that perhaps Philip had been Weekend-At-Bernie’d for the better part of a year and this is how they were finally going to “officially” kill him off. I KNOW I AM GOING TO HELL.
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