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Shannen Findlay

What the Queen really thinks of Prince Philip's driving

What the Queen really thinks of Prince Philip's driving

Despite his car accident last week where Prince Philip crashed into a vehicle carrying two women and a nine-month-old baby, the royal continues to drive.

Just a few days after the accident, the Prince was seen allegedly driving without wearing a seat belt in his replacement Land Rover.

Thoughts are sure to race when it comes to wondering what his wife, the Queen thinks about his driving.

Well, according to the author of My Husband and I, by Ingrid Seward – a biography detailing the 70-year marriage between the two royals – the Prince has always taken pleasure in driving fast.

“He bought a brand new sports car in August 1947, three months before they got married,” Seward told People.

“He always drove really fast, and she hated it, and he would say, ‘If you don’t like it, you can get out.’”

A rare letter by Queen Elizabeth to author Betty Shaw that was sold at auction in 2016 details her husband’s love of driving fast. This letter was auctioned alongside other royal memorabilia.

"Philip enjoys driving and does it fast," she said. "He has his own tiny M.G. which he is very proud of ... he has taken me about in it, once up to London, which was great fun, only it was like sitting on the road, and the wheels are almost as high as one's head."

The car crash in Sandringham on January 17 involved Prince Philip driving his Land Rover into a Kia driven by a 28-year-old woman alongside Emma Fairweather and a nine-month-old child in the backseat.

The woman suffered cuts to her knee while Fairweather broke her wrist. The baby was uninjured the local police confirmed in Norfolk last Friday.

“I’m sure she’d be telling him now to stop,” Seward said. “He will listen — but whether he will take any action, I don’t know.” 

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