Just days after Prince Philip flipped his Land Rover after colliding with another vehicle, which left a passenger in the other car with a broken wrist and waiting for an apology, the 97-year-old was seen in the driver’s seat of his replacement SUV where he was, once again, not wearing his seatbelt. Sigh. It’s one thing to not be able to teach an old dog new tricks but when those tricks are common sense, especially considering what happened a couple days prior, it’s making us wonder what the heck the Duke of Edinburgh is thinking when he gets behind the wheel.
“Philip is a law unto himself,” a source told Vanity Fair. “The Queen and Prince Charles have pleaded with him to stop driving on public roads. Charles particularly thinks it’s too dangerous but Philip won’t be told.”
The insider continued: “He loves the freedom he gets from being on the road, and he doesn’t want to be driven around. There is really only one person he listens to and that’s the Queen, and while I know she has had words in the past, I’m not sure she would ever insist he stops driving.”
The Sunday Mirror reported that Philip took an eye test as part of the ongoing police investigation — and passed. Which likely only emboldened him further. Philip is 97, stubborn as hell, and has been driving longer than most of us have been alive.
Despite Philip’s wife and eldest son begging him to stop driving, he’s going to keep doing what he wants. Perhaps the only thing that’ll stop him is if he’s legally banned from the roads by police (though he might disregard those laws too). A decree from Her Majesty probably isn’t going to happen, but considering the PR fallout from his accident (to say nothing of the actual injuries suffered), drastic measures might need to be taken.
Whatever happens, whether Philip is going to drive or be in the passenger seat, he at least needs to have a seat belt on. And not just when he feels like it or when cameras are around; all the time. Because not wearing one is just plain foolish.