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Prince Philip Off the Hook for Car Crash

At least as far as the country's prosecuting agency goes
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2019 8:00 AM CST
In this file photo from July 12, 2017, Britain's Prince Philip sits in a carriage in London.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

(Newser) – The bad news for Prince Philip after his car crash last month: He agreed to give up his driver's license. The good news for him: He won't be facing legal action from the government. Per the BBC, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided it wouldn't be in the public interest to prosecute the 97-year-old royal, with the agency's lead attorney noting they'd considered "all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver, and the surrender of the driving license." The prince wasn't injured in the accident, but two women in the other car were, per ABC Australia.

The Guardian reports that the CPS decree doesn't mention Philip specifically, instead referring to "a driver involved in a collision on the A149 at Sandringham." But a statement out of Buckingham Palace seems to acknowledge it's the prince who's cited. "The Duke of Edinburgh respects the decision taken by the Crown Prosecution Service," a palace spokesperson says, adding that if Philip were to still get behind the wheel on private land, it "would be in accordance with all relevant regulations." (More on the prince's apology to the people in the other car.)

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