Duke of Edinburgh ‘shocked’ after crash that flipped his car

A barrister has told how he pulled the ‘very shocked’ Duke of Edinburgh from his Land Rover after it overturned in a crash.

Prince Philip, 97, walked away unharmed from the collision between his car and a Kia on Thursday.

But witness Roy Warne, 75, said the royal was left ‘very shocked and shaken’ following the smash near Sandringham in Norfolk.

Mr Warne told how he helped pull the duke, who was left trapped after the crash, through the sunroof.

He told The Sun: ‘I looked down and had the Prince’s blood on my hands. All I could think is, thank goodness there wasn’t more.

‘I rushed to the other car – there was smoke coming out as if it may explode. There was a baby in the back seat screaming.

‘The Land Rover came across the road like a somersault. It was turning on its side over and over.

‘It was frightening to see a powerful car rolling like that.’

Philip is said to have shouted ‘my legs!’ as he was pulled from the wreckage.

Another eyewitness, who asked not to be named, told The Telegraph: ‘The Duke looked distraught. He looked quite shocked and shaken. It was extraordinary to see the Duke of Edinburgh.

‘He looked at me as I approached the junction. Police were already on the scene, helping him. There’s a police station not far away.’

The driver of the Kia and a female passenger needed hospital treatment in King’s Lynn following the accident but were discharged on Thursday night.

A baby was also in the car with them, according to reports.

Police confirmed both drivers were breathalysed and the tests proved negative.

A Buckingham Palace statement read: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. The Duke was not injured.

‘The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.’

Wendy and Ian Greenstreet, who were passing by, described seeing ‘lots of cars and police’ at the scene.

Mrs Greenstreet said: ‘It was horrible, there was glass everywhere.’

Her husband added: ‘The Land Rover was actually on its side. The front screen was all out and you could see all the airbags had gone out.

‘It was all scratched up and dented and we just thought somebody must have been seriously hurt.’

The Duke has been staying with The Queen at Sandringham since Christmas.

He retired from public life in August 2017 after completing 22,219 solo engagements since 1952, including several official visits to Malta.

Prince Philip was in Malta in 1964 to officially hand over the official state documents granting Malta independence from Britain within the Commonwealth.

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