First photos released of woman injured in car crash with Prince Philip

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 21, 2019
11:44 A.M.
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Last Thursday, a car accident happened near Sandringham. Prince Philip crashed into a Kia with three passengers with his Land Rover.


Now one of the women who was injured in the crash has spoken out. Images of her have also been released to the press.

Emma Fairweather, 46, is the woman who was a passenger in the Kia when Prince Philip, 97, crashed into their car. She broke her wrist in the accident.


Fairweather shared how she was in “pain, shock and upset” about the whole thing. She recalled how the collision unfolded occurred “in slow motion” and said she “couldn’t stop screaming” as the prince’s Land Rover crashed into her friend’s Kia.

The mother of two said she hadn’t heard from Buckingham Palace. Her story contradicts the one officials gave saying that contact had been made “privately and well wishes exchanged.”

The traumatized woman recalled how Philip had pulled out of a side road and hit them. Her friend, Ellie Townsend, 28, was driving at the time and her nine-month-old baby was in the backseat.

The prince claimed that he had been dazzled by the sun but Fairweather insisted that it was cloudy on that day. She said: “I’m lucky to be alive and he hasn’t even said sorry.”


Fairweather added:

“It has been such a traumatic and painful time and I would have expected more of the Royal Family. It could have been so much worse. Prince Philip apparently said to a witness that it was the sun that dazzled him but I can’t see how that could be true when it was overcast.”

The mother of two now has a plaster on her arm. She further revealed: “I love the royals but I’ve been ignored and rejected and I’m in a lot of pain. It would mean the world to me if Prince Philip said sorry but I have no idea if he’s sorry at all.”

Speaking about the lack of care she was shown she complained, “What would it have taken for him and the Queen to send me a card and a bunch of flowers?” Fairweather claimed she only received a phone call from a police family liaison officer.


She explained that she had expected a call from the Palace but it never came. The victim added, “I know the Queen is a busy lady but I was really excited at the idea she might phone me.”

The liaison officer allegedly called to give a message on behalf of the palace. “The message he passed on didn’t even make sense. He said, ‘The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you.’ That’s not an apology or even a well-wish,” the aggrieved woman insisted.

Hours before the accident Fairweather and Townsend were having a coffee. The mother of two sent a text to another friend saying it had been a “slow day” so far.


She recalled the accident:

“We could see the Land Rover about 150 yards away from us at a junction, then it started to move. The speed limit was 60mph but my friend was doing no more than 50mph. I kept thinking he was going to stop but he didn’t."

The victim added,

"It all went into slow motion as I watched the other car. As we approached I could make out that it was an elderly driver. My friend was braking and seemed so in control but I was terrified. But then we crashed. I don’t think the vehicle spun, it just pushed straight across the road. Then it was just disbelief. I was in shock.”


Fairweather and the prince were assisted by Victoria Warne, 72, who happened to be driving by at that moment. Philip’s car turned over from the collision on the A149 near Babingley, north of King’s Lynn.

Both drivers were breathalyzed and got negative results. Within 10 minutes, the prince was treated and he left the scene.


Fairweather waited for two hours before being taken to the hospital. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson claimed that “A full message of support was sent to both the driver and the passenger.”

Townsend's mother Deborah, 58, revealed that her family didn’t blame the prince for the crash. She shared that they were focusing on getting through the “traumatic ordeal.”

Royal courtiers were said to have finally gotten a goodwill message to the car crash victims three days after the accident.


A relative of Townsend’s added

“It’s scary to think what could have happened. She’s just still very shaken and wants to spend time with her son and husband Shaun. The pair of them are lucky to be alive. They are doing as well as can be expected after a traumatic event.”

Two days after the accident, Philip was seen behind the wheel without his seatbelt.