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A little over a week ago, Prince Philip was involved in a car accident. Miraculously, the 97-year-old high-standing member of British royalty walked away with no major injuries -- even though his Land Rover was overturned by the collision. At first, it wasn't immediately clear who was responsible for the car accident. But it appears that Philip was indeed the one who caused this crash. Now Philip has written an apology to the woman driving the vehicle he slammed into, claiming that he is "deeply sorry" for what happened here, and he hopes that she finds a "speedy recovery" for the injures she received.
Here's a snippet of what Prince Philip wrote in his letter to Emma Fairweather, the woman who was in the Kia that was hit by Prince Philip's Rover.
I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads. I have been across that crossing any number of times and I know very well the amount of traffic that uses that main road. It was a bright sunny day and at about three in the afternoon, the sun was low over the Wash. In other words, the sun was shining low over the main road. In normal conditions I would have no difficulty in seeing traffic coming from the Dersingham direction, but I can only imagine that I failed to see the car coming, and I am very contrite about the consequences.
The formal apology letter, collected by Mirror and shared to the world, finds Prince Philip "very contrite about the consequences" that occurred through this automobile accident. It is a computer typewritten letter, but it has the official Sandringham House stamp at the top, and it features a handwritten signature, as well as hand-scribed "Dear Mrs. Fairweather" and "Yours Sincerely," at the top and bottom to make it even more personal. Particularly since Prince Philip wrote "Philip" instead of his official titles, which makes the sorrowful address appear sincere and authentic in nature.
As the letter continues, Prince Philip admits that he's "somewhat shaken" by the car accident that occurred earlier this month, but he's ultimately relieved to know that Emma Fairweather, as well as the other passengers in the car, including Fairweather's friend Ellie Townsend and Ellie's nine-month-old son, were not terribly injured. Though Philip expresses remorse upon learning that Fairweather ultimately suffered a broken arm.
I was somewhat shaken after the accident, but I was greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured. As a crowd was beginning to gather, I 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. I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience.
Emma Fairweather said she was "chuffed" by the letter from Prince Philip, and she thought the "speedy recovery" inclusion was "a nice touch." Ultimately, Fairweather wanted to receive an act of "human kindess" from Philip, and she was very happy with the letter she received from Philip. Hopefully, while Fairweather remains on the physical mend from this car accident, she is able to receive some warmth and hope from this address.