‘Terrifying’ Prince Philip is ‘digging his heels in’ over driving worries

Royal staff working with Prince Philip are said to be "terrified" of the Duke who is "digging his heels in" when it comes to concerns over his driving, it is claimed

The claims come after the 97-year-old was involved in a smash near the royals’ Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

His Land Rover smashed into a blue Kia, carrying Emma Fairweather, 46, Ellie Townsend, 28 and Ellie’s nine-month-old son.

Two days after the smash, Prince Philip was seeing back behind the wheel on a public road, while not wearing a seat belt in his replacement Freelander.

Now palace sources have said: "The feeling is that everyone is terrified of the Duke.

"He’s always been fiercely independent, but there is a real feeling that he is digging his heels in this time."

Close family, including Prince Charles, have also discussed their “worry” over his actions.

A source said: “It was suggested the Duke should start wearing a seatbelt and reminded of the law when travelling on public roads.

“If he is seen demonstrating this kind of behaviour again then further action would have to be taken.”

It is understood Philip could be asked to voluntarily hand over his driving licence – which he is said to be fiercely against.

The Mirror previously revealed that despite police “offering words of advice” which was “considered a warning”, they did not go and see the Duke in person and instead called the royal house.

Crash victim Emma Fairweather, who injured her wrist in the accident, previously told the Mirror how she felt “ignored and rejected” by the royals’ silence in the immediate aftermath of the accident.

While the Queen stepped in to offer her "warmest good wishes", Emma claims she has heard nothing from the Duke.

Lady-in-waiting Mary Morrison delivered the monarch’s “warmest good wishes following the accident” by phone.

Emma told the Daily Mirror that Miss Morrison, 81, left her a voicemail message.

The message read in full: “Hello, I’m ringing from Sandringham House.

“The Queen has asked me to telephone you to pass on her warmest good wishes following the accident and Her Majesty is very eager to know how you are and hope that everything is going as well as can be expected.

"We’re all thinking of you very much at Sandringham and I’ll try you at a later date.

"Unfortunately I’ve got to go out quite shortly but I hope all is well as can be expected for you.

"Thank you very much indeed. Goodbye.”

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