Prince Philip crash victim who criticised royal after collision faces driving charges

Emma Fairweather is accused of two driving offences relating to separate incidents in October last year. sky news
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A woman who criticised the Duke of Edinburgh after she suffered a broken wrist following his Sandringham car crash is facing several motoring offences over unrelated incidents.

Prince Philip, 97, said he was dazzled by low sunlight as he pulled out onto a busy road in Norfolk on 17 January.

Emma Fairweather was a passenger in a Kia car which collided with the duke’s Land Rover Freelander.

The vehicle flipped over and he was rescued by a passing motorist.

A nine-month-old baby boy in the Kia was unhurt, but both Ms Fairweather and the driver were treated in hospital.

Following the crash, she complained that no-one from the Royal Family had been in touch to offer her an apology and described Philip as “highly insensitive and inconsiderate” when he was spotted driving without a seatbelt 48 hours later.

But he later sent her a written apology, saying: “I would like you to know how very sorry I am for my part in the accident at the Babingley cross-roads.

Emma Fairweather was a passenger in a Kia car which collided with Philip’s Land Rover

I was somewhat shaken after the accident, but I was greatly relieved that none of you were seriously injured.

I wish you a speedy recovery from a very distressing experience.

At the time, Ms Fairweather, 46, had called for the Queen’s husband to be prosecuted if he was found to be at fault, but shortly afterwards, he surrendered his driving licence and no further action was taken against him.

Since then it has emerged Ms Fairweather is accused of two charges of failing to provide the identity of a driver and two charges of speeding relating to incidents in October last year.

If convicted of both offences, she could lose her licence as each carries a maximum of six penalty points a licence is taken away if a driver receives 12.

Ms Fairweather’s case was heard in court on Tuesday and has been adjourned until 30 April at a magistrates’ court in either Norwich or King’s Lynn.

She does not have to attend as it is due to be heard in a single justice procedure hearing.

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