Mum-of-one Emma Fairweather believes that at 97 the Duke should consider giving up his licence or face a fresh test
Royal car crash victim Emma Fairweather today said Prince Philip should be prosecuted if found to be at fault – and suggested he quit driving all together.
The injured mum also spoke of her astonishment as the Duke of Edinburgh was seen behind the wheel of a new car apparently WITHOUT a seat belt on.
Philip was given the all-clear to drive after passing an eye test – thought to be standard procedure when a police investigation is ongoing.
Emma, however, believes that at 97 the Duke should consider giving up his licence or face a fresh test.
The mum of two exclusively told the Sunday Mirror: “I think he should be treated the same as anyone else. How could you say no to prosecuting him if he’s broken the law?”
Motorists found guilty of careless driving can face imprisonment and a ban.
As the investigation continued into Thursday afternoon’s crash near Sandringham, the Duke was seen on a public road today in a replacement Land Rover.
A Palace source said: “The Duke told staff he wanted another car to be made available to him so he could get back on the road.
“He didn’t consider that he wouldn’t be driving again.
“The Duke was, however, advised that he would have to take the eyesight test before he went out so it was arranged and took place today.
“When told he had passed he didn’t waste any time in getting the keys to the Land Rover which was delivered to Sandringham on Friday.”
Stunned Emma, 46, said: “I saw on the news that he’d had the car delivered. It was confusing.
“It was reported that the Royal Family planned to consider whether Prince Philip would continue driving.
“But to have a car delivered so soon puts out a very different message.
“This has upset me. I haven’t had any contact from the Royal household. Maybe he should prioritise that over test driving his new car.”
After learning that the Duke did not appear to be wearing a seat belt in the new motor, Emma added: “It’s disgusting – I’m really shocked.
“It causes me concern, moving forward, as to who else has to experience what I’m experiencing.
“I wouldn’t compare him to an elderly gentleman who needed to leave the house to buy groceries and had no other choice but to drive.
“I respect that he’s entitled to his life but he has other options to use other than driving. I very much hope he’ll consider stopping.
“There’s no reason why he ought to be driving at almost 100 years old.
“I understand why he would want to keep driving as long as he can – and the law allows that.
“It’s the law that I don’t agree with. We should be looking at whether the law is appropriate.
“It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about the Queen, Prince Philip or my next door neighbour.”
Motoring experts have speculated that police could ask Philip to give up his licence because of his age.
Emma added: “I don’t think they should take driving licences off all old age pensioners but there should be some retesting involved.
“I’d have supported that before this, but I’d support it even more now, because look what’s happened to me.
“I can fully accept in the grand scheme of things I’ve done well to have a so-called minor injury – but it didn’t feel minor with that level of pain and it certainly doesn’t feel minor today.
“It’s not so much the injury, it’s the impact to my life. He might think he’ll lose his independence if he stops driving.
“What about my independence? I’ve had to get my teenage son to help wash and dress me.
“I was told I would receive support from a police liaison officer.
“He came to see me while I was treated and waiting for an X-ray. But it felt like because I had walked away relatively unharmed, medically, I was seen as being fine.”
Emma, who recently started a new job as a support worker, is now considering a personal injury claim after being told she could face two months off work.
Doctors fear she may still need surgery on her broken wrist. Emma was the most seriously injured in the crash.
Her friend, the 28-year-old Kia driver, suffered cuts to her knee, while the friend’s nine-month-old baby had a miracle escape in the back seat.
All were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn on the day of the crash and discharged.
Emma, who has a teenage son and daughter, told how her sister had offered much-needed support.
She revealed: “I called my sister Sam in tears and said, ‘I need you.’ I just needed a hug from my family. They were waiting for me at hospital and put their arms around me.
“I’m anxious to know whether surgery has to happen first and how long I’ll be dealing with this for.”
Norfolk Constabulary said: “The incident will be investigated and any appropriate action taken.
“We are aware of the public interest in this case, however, as with any other investigation it would be inappropriate to speculate on the causes of the collision until an investigation is carried out.”
By coincidence, Norfolk County Council met on Friday to approve plans to drop the speed limit on the A149, where the crash happened, from 60mph to 50mph – backed by speed cameras.
The Queen, meanwhile, was also seen at the wheel at Sandringham on Saturday – and wearing a seatbelt. It was reported she was not wearing one on Friday.