Prince Philip says sorry to victim of 'very distressing experience' after A149 crash
Prince Philip has written a letter of apology to the woman involved in the collision with the Duke's Land Rover at Babingley last Thursday.
The letter, dated Monday, January 21, wishes Emma Fairweather "a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience" in which she sustained a broken arm from the collision.
The Duke states in the letter that his vision was impaired by low sun which caused him to pull out onto the A147 into a Kia just before 3pm on the day of the crash.
In the letter, which was seen by the Sunday Mirror, the Duke signs off with his personal signature.
It reads: "I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident.
“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 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.
“I was somewhat shaken after the incident, 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.
"Yours sincerely Philip."
Mrs Fairweather, who was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital following the crash, had previously been on television complaining about the lack of an apology from the royal family, telling This Morning: “I think it’s highly insensitive and inconsiderate towards me and everyone involved.”
Mrs Fairweather was said to have been "chuffed" by the letter.
She also highlighted the personalised nature of the letter due to Prince Philip signing it off in his own handwriting.
Norfolk Police are continuing to investigate the incident on the A149.