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Duke of Edinburgh car crash victim feels 'safer' now he's given up his licence

Duke of Edinburgh car crash victim feels 'safer' now he's given up his licenceA woman who broke her wrist in a car crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh has said she feels “safer” now he has given up his driving licence. Emma Fairweather, 46, who was a passenger in a Kia Carens that collided with the Duke's Land Rover last month, said: "He's making the most sensible decision he can. It's a shame he didn't make it a bit sooner but it's the right thing to do.” The Duke, 97, voluntarily surrendered his licence after “careful consideration”, Buckingham Palace announced this weekend. It comes almost a month after the accident, in which his Land Rover was overturned on a crossroads near the Queen's Norfolk estate. The Duke said he was blinded by the sun before he pulled out of a sideroad into the path of an oncoming car. Norfolk Police have passed their file on the crash to prosecutors, although he is now unlikely to face action. Nick Freeman, the lawyer known as Mr Loophole for his successful defence of celebrities charged with traffic offences, said: “What would be the point in prosecuting a 97-year-old man who has dedicated the majority of his life to public service and who has already given up his licence? Emma Fairweather appears on ITV's This Morning Credit:  ITV/PA  “I’m not saying (the decision) was designed to achieve that but the net effect of it would render a prosecution a totally futile exercise. It would achieve nothing.” Mr Freeman said a potential prosecution would have to be in the public interest. “If he had not given up his licence I think it’s without doubt they would have gone down the prosecution route,” he said. “They may have thought they had a duty to take him off the roads, they could have made him retake his test, but surrendering his licence scuppers any prosecution.” Ms Fairweather, 46, a mother-of-two from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, told the Sunday Mirror: “Undoubtedly the roads will be safer now. It won't have been easy for him to make as it is a loss of independence. But he can work around it." She said she had done "nothing but cry" this week after having an op to screw a metal plate into her arm. The Duke’s decision to relinquish his licence is in marked contrast to his attitude in the aftermath of the January 17 accident, when he took delivery of a replacement Land Rover and drove it on public roads without a seat belt. He later wrote to the victims to express his contrition.



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Kim Jong Un Says He's Ready for More Talks With Trump

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The Latest: Kemp congratulates Abrams, says he's moving on

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At Vatican, South Korean leader says he's certain of peace

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The Latest: Man suing Vatican says he's fighting for truth

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Cuomo calls out Trump, says he's 'un-American'

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Woman helps man short on cash at gas station, finds out he's Keith Urban

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US Rep. says he's battling alcoholism, drops re-election bid

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New York district judge apologizes, admits he's serial underwear stealer

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Fmr. DNC chair on N. Korea meeting: 'Trump is betting on himself. He's not prepared'

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