Why Would Royalty Drive When Chauffeurs Are On Call?

James Kirk
Author James Kirk
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Apart from Brexit, there is one question that has reigned on the minds of Britons lately after a traffic crash. Recently, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, escaped unscathed after an accident with him at the wheel.

The question that is uppermost on people’s minds is why is Prince Philip still driving at the age of 97, especially when he can use a fleet of royal chauffeurs?

Prince Philip had a miraculous escape after the accident. The prince was "obviously shaken," an eyewitness told the BBC, but he was able to stand and showed asked about the occupants of the other car. The female driver of the other vehicle and her passenger received minor injuries, and there was also a baby in that car who wasn't injured. Despite his sense of duty to Queen and country, he's never had much patience for royal protocol, as his long history of unapologetic public goof-ups shows.

The Duke of Edinburgh is also known to be independent and has been caught on several occasions getting frustrated by the strictures of his public role, asking photographers to "get on with it" and ignoring the instructions of aides, according to CNN.

Being a member of one of the world's most famous families comes with many trappings and privileges – from historic castles to all-expenses paid hospitality and a fleet of luxury cars, complete with chauffeurs. So why doesn't he use these drivers? Apparently, members of the royalty find the security cordon around them stifling. They want to break free every once in a while. The only sense of freedom they can enjoy is grabbing the car keys and hitting the open road. In that case, it's the security teams that are confined – to the follow-up car.

That's why Prince Philip insists on driving even when he doesn't have to. It's why he famously picked up US President Barack Obama from his helicopter at Windsor Castle in 2016, to the astonishment of the Secret Service. It's why the Queen once reportedly drove the former King of Saudi Arabia around her Scottish estate. It's also why Prince William refuses to give up his motorbike, and why he insisted on driving his heir, Prince George home from hospital in 2013.

Many of us would want a bit of fuss around us, as we like to be pampered and attended to, but not the royalty. They are probably tired of the protection.

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