Queen Elizabeth won’t be driving in public following Prince Philip’s accident

Queen Elizabeth. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Queen Elizabeth. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - It seems we won’t be seeing Queen Elizabeth behind the wheel any longer.

Her Majesty has reportedly given up driving on public roads following the car accident earlier this year of her husband, Prince Phillip, a palace insider told Us Weekly.

The queen, who’s not required to have a driver’s licence, will only drive on her private property. On public roads she’ll be chauffeured.

The 92-year-old’s decision comes three months after the Duke of Edinburgh’s car overturned and smashed into another vehicle near the queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Vanity Fair reports.

READ MORE: Prince Philip unhurt after car accident

Following the accident, Prince Philip penned an apology letter to the woman who was left injured as a result of the crash.

"I’d like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident. I’ve been over that crossing a number of times and I know very well the amount of traffic that uses that main road.

"The sun was shining low and in normal conditions I'd have no difficulty seeing traffic coming from the Dersingham direction. But I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming and I'm very contrite about the consequences," he wrote in the heartfelt letter.

"I was somewhat shaken after the accident and I’ve since learned that you suffered a broken arm and I’m deeply sorry about this injury."

READ MORE: Prince Philip 'deeply sorry' to car crash victim in apology letter

The 97-year-old prince didn’t face any criminal charges, according to Town & Country.

"We took all of the circumstances in this case into account, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the surrender of the driving licence,” said chief crown prosecutor Chris Long.

"We’ve decided that it wouldn’t be in the public interest to prosecute."

Sources: Us Weekly, Vanity Fair, Town & Country

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