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Prince Philip, 97, gives up licence after furore over car crash

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Patty Aguilar | 10 February, 2019, 11:15

At the age of 97, and less than a month after walking away unscathed from a crash that left two women injured, Prince Philip has decided it's time to come out from behind the wheel, Buckingham Palace said Saturday.

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.

"After careful consideration the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence, " the statement said.

In mid-January, Philip colliding with another vehicle while driving near his and the queen's Sandringham country estate.

Norfolk Police are reported to have given him "suitable words of advice" after images were published showing him back behind the wheel of a replacement Freelander on the Queen's Sandringham estate.

Broken glass and auto parts litter the road at the site if the Duke's accident (Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire) The force said a file on the investigation had been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Ms Fairweather, 46, from King's Lynn, broke her wrist in the crash.

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

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Police said Philip and the other driver were both given breath tests for alcohol and passed.

It [the decision] won't have been easy for him to make as it is a loss of independence.

Prince Philip's vehicle flipped over in the crash and he had to be rescued by a passing motorist.

Less than two days after the crash Philip was seen driving without a seat belt.

"He wants to enjoy his retirement but he was very shaken by the crash", Brookes told the BBC.

AA president Edmund King said the decision to quit driving can be a hard one.

He also insisted that under "normal conditions", the accident wouldn't have happened.

Queen Elizabeth's husband retired in 2017 from public duties, ending all official engagements, although he has remained active according to reports, walking on grounds of the royal family's enormous lands and even sitting horse-drawn carriages.

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