I failed to see the car coming: Prince Philip apologises to woman injured in car crash

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Prince Philip has apologised to the woman, Emma Fairweather, who broke her wrist after being involved in a car crash with his Land Rover Freelander earlier this month.

In a letter addressed to Fairweather, the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, said that he failed to see the car as he pulled out at the crossroads near Sandringham.

The Duke, who was pulled out of the crashed car by a passerby, blamed the accident on the fact that “the sun was shining low over the main road”.

He said, “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident”, and wished Fairweather “a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience”.

“I was somewhat shaken after the accident,” Prince Philip wrote.

The letter, dated January 21, was signed, “Yours sincerely Philip” in blue ink.

“But I was greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured,” he said.

He also wrote in the letter that as a crowd was beginning to gather, he 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,” he said.

Two days after the case, the Duke was pictured driving a new Land Rover without a seatbelt and was spoken to by the police.

Emma Fairweather, 46, was a passenger in a friend’s Kia, with her friend’s nine-month-old baby, when the collision with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Land Rover occurred on January 17.

The crash took place as Prince Philip pulled out on to the A149 near Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate, 10 days ago.

Both the baby and her friend were unhurt.

The apology comes after Fairweather had said in an interview that she felt “ignored and rejected” because she had not received an apology from the Duke.