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British Royalty : Prince Philip expresses his regrets to accident victims

After public criticism for his behavior after a car accident, the British Prince Philip (97) wrote a letter to the injured to express his regret. Queen Elizabeth II's husband wrote, "I want you to know how sorry I am for my part in the Babingley Junction accident."

Prince Philip went on to say that he knows the heavy traffic there near Sandringham very well. But he was severely blinded by the sun in the afternoon and did not see the other vehicle. "I very much regret the consequences," wrote the 97-year-old in the letter published by the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the authenticity of the letter. Prince Philip wrote to two injured women, a spokeswoman said.

Philip overturned his Land Rover in the accident on January 17th near the Queen's country house in Sandringham, but got away without any injuries. In the other vehicle, a passenger broke her wrist and the driver suffered cuts on her knee. Doctors treated both women at a Norfolk clinic. A nine-month-old baby in the car was unharmed.

A few days ago, one of the women complained that the Duke of Edinburgh hadn't been heard from. On the other hand, the Queen (92) had her "warmest good wishes" conveyed to her through a closely trusted lady in waiting. It was a nice gesture, but it was not the queen who was involved in the accident, but her husband. The Buckingham Palace had informed the dpa at the time that the greeting message to the occupants of the car had been sent in the name of the queen and her husband.

Just a few days after the accident, Prince Philip was spotted behind the wheel of a new SUV - unbuckled and without a passenger. This fueled the debate about senior citizens at the wheel. (dpa)

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