The young generation of royals, including Prince William and wife Kate, and Prince Harry and wife Meghan, are doing their best to help their famous family acclimate to the 21st century and become a monarchy that the people of England find relatable. Their grandparents are not helping. Just a few days after he caused a crash that left two injured, news has emerged that Prince Philip is still not wearing his seatbelt, with both the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth having the seat belt alarms in their Range Rovers removed. They may be royals, but they’re just as frustrating as any grandparent.
A source told the UK publication The Sun that Buckingham Palace requested that Jaguar remove the seatbelt safety alarms from the Land Rovers supplied to the royals, including cars for Prince Philip, 97, and Queen Elizabeth, 92. That annoying dinging noise that plays incessantly if someone doesn’t buckle their seat belt? Their cars don’t have it.
The pair have both been photographed inside their Range Rovers sans seatbelt, which, no surprise, is angering many safety specialists. It’s 2019. Are we still debating whether seatbelts are important? Wasn’t this settled like, decades ago?
It’s illegal in the UK to be in a moving car without a seatbelt and road safety charities are calling the Queen and Prince Philip’s actions “very disappointing and disrespectful.” Lawrence Waterman from the British Safety Council told The Sun, “It’s not as if it’s onerous or difficult — and the law requires it.”
That may be the nicest way to say, ‘stop being dumb and put on your seatbelt.’
Continued Waterman, “Obviously, these safety devices are a helpful reminder and I’m very disappointed as I do feel the royals should be setting a better example. Whether or not the device was working, Prince Philip should be wearing a seatbelt. He’s old enough to know what he should be doing and frankly I feel he’s showing a disrespectful attitude to the rest of us. People in a position of public influence who flout the law send the wrong message.”
We don’t know why both the Queen and Prince Philip are refusing to wear their seatbelts. Maybe they don’t want to wrinkle their outfits or maybe they think it looks uncool. We don’t care. What we do care about is the fact that the royals still exhibit a huge amount of influence on people and the Queen and the Prince’s decision to not wear seatbelts could endanger more people than just themselves.
Also, we don’t want to come off as ageist, but at 97-years-old, Prince Philip may be able to pass the vision test for his license, but there’s no way his reflexes are as sharp as they once were. Let’s hope he finally buckles up in the passenger seat. Here’s proof that Prince Philip knows how to work a seatbelt, which is almost more infuriating than if he never wore it.