Prince Philip car crash victim criticises decision not to charge Duke

The victim who broke her wrist in the car accident involving the Duke of Edinburgh has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to charge him.

Prince Philip's Landrover collided with a Kiaat the junction of the B1439 where it meets the A149, close to the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, on 17 January 2019.

The duke, 97, was uninjured, but the driver of the Kia, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee while the passenger, Emma Fairweather, 46, sustained a broken wrist.

Ms Fairweather, who had to undergo surgery after the accident, told The Mirror: "I don't know if everyone would have been treated that way."

The mum-of-two added: "It's not a shock, really.

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File photo dated 11/5/2018 of the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, who was left "very shocked" and shaken when the Land Rover Discovery he was driving was hit by a Kia as he drove near the Queen's Sandringham estate on Thursday afternoon, talking to the Queen while at the wheel of a similar vehicle during the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh seen driving his Land Rover Freelander on day 5 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 13, 2018 in Windsor, England. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Windsor Horse Show which was first held in 1943. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh seen sitting in his Land Rover on day 5 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 13, 2018 in Windsor, England. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Windsor Horse Show which was first held in 1943. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh seen sitting in his Land Rover on day 5 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park on May 13, 2018 in Windsor, England. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Windsor Horse Show which was first held in 1943. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
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"I think he surrendered his licence last weekend to avoid prosecution. He will have been heavily advised. The whole thing feels managed and controlled."

It was confirmed by Buckingham Palace last week that Prince Philip had surrendered his driving licence.

The CPS released a statement regarding the outcome of their investigation on Thursday.

Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, said: "The CPS has carefully reviewed material submitted by the police in relation to a traffic collision on the A149 on 17 January this year.

"We took into account all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the surrender of the driving licence.

"We have decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute.

"All those involved in the collision have been informed and provided with a full explanation in writing."

Prince Philip wrote a letter to Ms Fairweather following the crash, in which he said "how very sorry I am" and wished her a "speedy recovery."

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