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Sister of Widow Hit by Kate Middleton and Prince William's Convoy Shares Her Concerns

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 20, 2019
12:21 P.M.
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An elderly woman was involved in an accident in London on Monday when she was hit by a police officer. The officer was part of a convoy that was escorting two Royals.


Irene Mayor, 83, is a grandmother who is currently in hospital after being hit by an officer escorting Prince William and Duchess Kate by motorbike. At the time the Royal couple was leaving from London to Windsor.

According to witnesses, Mayor was clipped by the officer’s wing mirror while driving on the wrong side of the road. The widowed charity worker is now fighting for her life after suffering a broken pelvis, two broken arms, a broken leg, and a head injury.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's convoy | Photo: Daily Mail


Her family fears that she might not recover. An investigation into the incident has been launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Mayor's brother revealed that he’d acquired attorneys to “look after” her. Joyce Shore, 86, Mayor’s sister emotionally shared her thoughts on the matter while wiping away tears.

She said

“Irene may not get through this. She is just an ordinary lady who minds her own business and then this happens... The police outriders have to slow down. My sister is lying in a hospital bed and she could have been killed. She could so easily have been killed.”


Paramedics at the scene | Photo: Gustavo Valiente

William and Kate said they were “deeply concerned and saddened” and sent flowers to the injured woman. The pair reportedly intend on visiting Mayor in the hospital when it’s possible.


Royal sources said the Cambridges didn’t witness the incident. They were driven through Richmond as it’s standard police procedure for any Royal convoy to drive on even if there’s an accident. 

Police at the scene | Photo: Daily Mail


Mayor became a widow after losing her husband Walter. She’s dedicated her life to do charity work through her local church.

Her brother, 89, shared that she’d been “conscious” since the crash and Scotland Yard said her condition was critical. The elderly woman’s brother, who didn’t wish to be named, stated: “She was going shopping and then she was going to meet Joyce. They do it often.”

Scene of the accident | Photo: Daily Mail


Mayor’s brother commended the Royal couple for contacting the family after the crash. He said: “It is good that they have been in touch. They are just human beings.”

The injured woman was attended to by an air ambulance after it hovered overhead for 20 minutes unable to land. Her two daughters are by her side.

One of Mayor’s daughters, Fiona, confirmed that her mother had “got lots of injuries. They are just keeping her stable at the moment.” When the Royal’s convoy bumped the elderly woman they were on their way to attend the Order of the Garter.

The event is one of the oldest Royal traditions that occur annually.

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