The Duke of Edinburgh (97) has sent a touching letter of apology to Emma Fairweather, one of the women involved in the car crash with the Duke on the 17th January. Emma Fairweather, who had not been driving herself, but instead was a passenger in the other car involved in the accident, felt that she had been treated unfairly by the Royal Family as she was not contacted by either the Queen or Prince Philip directly, instead only having received a voicemail from one of Her Majesty's lady-in-waitings.
The accident unleashed a debate about senior drivers on Britain's roads and the Duke of Edinburgh was criticised by some for being back behind a wheel, not wearing a seatbelt, so soon after a crash.
Prince Philip's letter of apology
In his letter to Emma Fairweather he apologised for the part he played in the accident and, according to the Sunday Mirror, wrote, "I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads... The sun was shining low over the main road. 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. I was somewhat shaken after the accident, but I was greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured".
Emma Fairweather delighted with how personal Prince Philip's letter was
Prince Philip explained in his letter why he was unable to stay at the scene of the accident earlier this month.
"As a crowd was beginning to gather, I was advised to return to Sandringham House by a local police officer. I have since learned that you suffered a broken arm. I am deeply sorry about this injury. I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience".
The ninety-seven-year-old Duke of Edinburgh signed the letter "Philip", a personalised gesture that really pleased Emma Fairweather.