Nine-year-old girl named Queenie reveals how her hero grandfather helped rescue Prince Philip, 97, out of his upturned Land Rover
- Glen Watson, 58, helped pull the Duke from the wreckage of his Land Rover
- Queenie, 9, has nothing but praise for her grandfather, calling him a ‘hero’
- Mr Watson commended Philip on his durability, calling him a ‘tough man’
A passing motorist who witnesses Prince Philip’s horror crash and ran to his aid has been dubbed a hero by his granddaughter, named Queenie.
Glen Watson helped pull the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, from the wreckage of his Land Rover after he flipped it on its side following a collision with a Kia close to Sandringham.
Queenie, 9, has nothing but praise for her grandfather, calling him a ‘hero’.
The schoolgirl from Norwich told Eveningnews24: ‘My nanny text me saying grandad had helped Prince Philip.’
Glen Watson, 58, helped to pull Prince Philip out of his car after the crash in Sandringham, with his granddaughter Queenie Powell, 9
‘I ran downstairs saying ‘mum mum!’ and showed her the text.
‘He is kind, funny and caring and he is a hero in my eyes.’
Her grandfather, who works as a sales rep, was travelling between King’s Lynn and Heacham on the A149 when he noticed the ‘chaotic’ scene of the wreckage caused by the smash on Thursday.
The 58-year-old said he didn’t realise the man in the Range Rover was the Duke of Edinburgh to begin with.
He added: ‘It was chaotic, a hell of an accident. Once I looked inside the car I could see he wasn’t seriously hurt.
The wreckage of the smash on Thursday which left a mother-of-two with a broken wrist
Mr Watson, who lives with Queenie and her family, said he spent about 15 minutes at the scene
‘He was shaking and just said “get me out”.’
The 58-year-old noticed that one of Philip’s legs was stuck underneath the steering wheel and he and two police officers had to free it to get him out of the vehicle.
Mr Watson, who lives with Queenie and her family, said he spent about 15 minutes at the scene and left soon after paramedics arrived.
He added that emergency services responders made a ring around the Prince and ‘ushered him away.’
Duke of Edinburgh driving his Land Rover on the Sandringham Estate two days after his crash
As a salesman, Mr Watson said he sees a lot of accidents due to the high amount of travelling he does, but he described this one as ‘quite a bad one’.
He pointed out that Philip’s heavy Land Rover ‘must have taken quite a hit’ to be left in the state it was.
He also commended Philip’s resilience, saying: ‘To be fair to him [Prince Philip], for a man his age to be able to walk after that, he is a tough man. I’m amazed everyone walked away unscathed.’
The scene near to the Sandringham Estate where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident while driving
Prince Philip’s car near Sandringham on Thursday shortly after the crash with a Kia
The crash left a mother-of-two with a broken wrist.
Emma Fairweather, 46, – a passenger in the Kia – said she was ‘lucky to be alive’ after the incident.
She was travelling with her 28-year-old friend whose nine-month-old baby was also in the car.
The child was unhurt along with her friend but Ms Fairweather bemoaned the fact that she is yet to receive an apology from the Prince, despite the fact that Palace representatives have said there’s been correspondence between the two parties.
Amazingly, Prince Philip was pictured driving a new Land Rover just 48 hours after the dramatic crash.
He also appeared to not have a seatbelt on, promting an official warning from police.
The 97-year-old also appeared to have been driving off road, with debris stuck to the under side of his vehicle.