Britain's Prince Philip gives up driving license after crash

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Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip on Saturday surrendered his driving licence after causing a vehicle crash that outraged the media and stirred a debate about old age and driving. Just 48 hours after the accident, he was pictured driving without a seatbelt.

Prosecutors said they would consider the decision as they decide whether to charge the husband of Queen Elizabeth II over the January 17 crash.

Prosecutors said they would consider the decision as they decide whether to charge the husband of Queen Elizabeth II over the January 17 crash, according to The Associated Press.

"After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence", the palace said in a statement.

He apologised for his part in an accident on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk when his Land Rover Freelander collided with another auto on January 17, leaving two women needing hospital treatment.

Prince Philip was badly shaken up but conscious after the accident, and a passer-by helped him climb out of the sunroof of his Land Rover, which lay on its side.

And Norfolk Police confirmed Saturday that the prince had "voluntarily surrendered his license to officers".

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Philip came under days of media criticism for failing to quickly and publicly apologise for causing the crash.

He escaped injury but passenger Emma Fairweather broke her wrist and called for the duke to be prosecuted if he was found to be at a fault.

Fairweather, 46, told the Sunday Mirror she was "chuffed" with the letter, adding: "I thought it was really nice that he signed off as "Philip" and not the formal title".

The sun was blamed for hindering his vision and he wrote he was "very contrite about the consequences" of the collision.

Two days after that accident, the duke was photographed driving a replacement Range Rover without a seatbelt, which is illegal in Britain.

Philip also received an eyesight test, which he passed, according to a police spokesperson.

Police issued Philip with "suitable words of advice" and said "any appropriate action" would be taken if necessary.

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