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Emma Fairweather

Emma Fairweather

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The Duke of Edinburgh

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Emma Fairweather

A mother-of-two injured in the Duke of Edinburgh's car crash has suggested he should be prosecuted if found at fault over the incident.

Emma Fairweather (46), who broke her wrist in last Thursday's accident, spoke out against Philip during a television interview after pictures emerged at the weekend of the duke driving without his seatbelt.

She questioned why she had not received any official support, and was still waiting to give a statement to police - something that left her shocked.

Interviewed on ITV's This Morning programme, she said about Philip not buckling up: "It's highly insensitive and inconsiderate towards me and everybody involved."

Ms Fairweather agreed with presenter Holly Willoughby's suggestion that if the duke is deemed to be at fault for the accident, he should be prosecuted - saying "absolutely".

She added: "There needs to be a decision as to whether Prince Philip and I are from the same walk of life here or not, and we either both receive the same treatment or we don't."

The mother-of-two said she has still not been directly contacted by the duke, but has received a message from the Queen's lady-in-waiting, Mary Morrison.

Public relations consultant, Mark Borkowski, has criticised Buckingham Palace's handling of the situation, describing it as a "DIY PR moment".

Speaking about the decision by the 97-year-old duke to order a new car and go driving a few days after the accident, Mr Borkowski said: "It would have been wise to just go a little bit silent on this story. It seems to me he had a point to prove that despite his ageing years, he loved his car and wasn't going to stop, it was a real statement from him - business as usual."

Norfolk Police are continuing their investigation into the crash, which happened on the A149 shortly before 3pm last Thursday near the Queen's Sandringham estate, when Philip drove his Land Rover Freelander on to the busy A-road.

It was in collision with a Kia that was driven by Ms Fairweather's 28-year-old female friend - whose nine-month-old son was also in the car at the time of the accident.

Despite the 4x4 rolling over and the Kia being badly damaged, the duke escaped without injury - as did the baby, although the women involved required hospital treatment for their injuries.

Over the weekend, police spoke to the duke about the legal requirement to wear a belt and he also underwent an eyesight test, which he passed.

Belfast Telegraph