Prince Philip survived a horrific car crash this Thursday near Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. And while the 97-year-old royal miraculously walked away unharmed, onlookers and rescuers are still in disbelief over the incident.
Roy Warne, 75, was also driving home with wife Victoria, 72, when they witnessed the collision.
“I saw the car flip and thought f***ing hell,” he said, adding that the royal’s vehicle “came across the A149 like a somersault. It was turning on its side over and over.”
“It was frightening to see a powerful car rolling like that,” he said.
Immediately after, Warne rushed to the car to help the passenger. It wasn’t until Prince Philip emerged from the vehicle that Warne realized who he was.
“I looked down and had the Prince's blood on my hands. All I could think is, thank goodness there wasn't more,” recalled Warne.
The onlooker said that the prince remained relatively calm throughout the entire incident, though at one point he told his rescuers: “My legs! Where should I put my legs?”
Warne said he reached out through the roof of the royal’s car, put his hands under his armpits and carried him out.
“He stood up and was unharmed but was obviously very shocked,” Warne explained. “He was disorientated and humbled. I believe he was very sorry about what had happened. The sun was very low in the sky. Considering his age he got off much better than the people in the other car.”
As soon as he was safely on the ground, Prince Philip reportedly asked everyone involved in the crash if they were OK.
“He asked ‘Is everyone else alright?’” said Warne. “He's a very brave man. He didn't make a big fuss about it.”
While Prince Philip and those involved in the collision are lucky to be alive, royal insider Ingrid Seward told the publication that it’s unlikely the royal will drive again.
“The Queen will certainly be telling him off as Prince Philip has always been a very fast driver,” she said, with other outlets reporting that Prince Charles, too, has wanted his elderly father to give up driving for years.
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