‘Prince Philip can’t be killed!’ Admirers take to twitter to crack jokes about the indestructible Duke as Archbishop of York turns to prayer
- Prince Philip, 97, was in his black Land Rover when it slammed into another car
- Admirers took to social media to crack jokes about the indestructible royal
- The royal was ‘very shocked and shaken’ but unhurt by the collision
- John Sentamu tweeted prayer for duke shortly after news of accident emerged
Once it was confirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh was alive and well, it didn’t take long for admirers to crack jokes on social media.
Prince Philip, 97, was behind the wheel of his black Land Rover when it slammed into another car as he was pulling out onto the A149 at around 3pm. Neither the duke nor his protection officer were hurt, while two people in the other car had minor injuries.
Highlights from Twitter include Danny Murphy, who remarked: ‘Prince Philip can’t be killed!’
Prince Philip, 97, was behind the wheel of his black Land Rover when it slammed into another car as he was pulling out onto the A149 at around 3pm. Neither the duke nor his protection officer were hurt, while two people in the other car had minor injuries
Kevin Anthony Carney shared similar suspicions, joking: ‘When the world ends, all that will be left are cockroaches and Prince Philip.’
Matt Hopkins spoke for many when he said: ‘Every time I see his name trending on Twitter, I expect the worst. Some say cats have nine lives. Prince Philip must have many, many more.’ Nearby resident John Doyle said: ‘I drive along that road often – I’ll wait until he’s back in London before I do it again. Has he lost his bus pass?’
Others praised the duke for taking our minds off the political turmoil.
Ally Simpson quipped: ‘Do you think maybe Prince Philip had enough of all the Brexit talk and rolled his Range Rover on purpose?’
John Sentamu (seen in Oxfordshire on September 29, 2016) tweeted a prayer for Prince Philip this afternoon
Meanwhile, John Street suggested Prince Philip was in a rush, asking: ‘Was it an escape attempt?’
Meanwhile Archbishop of York John Sentamu has tweeted his prayers for the Duke.
Mr Sentamu tweeted at around 6.30pm: ‘Almighty God, the Fountain of all Goodness. We humbly beseech thee to bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh: Endow him with thy Holy Spirit; enrich him with thy Heavenly Grace; prosper him with all happiness; and bring him to thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.’
He then added: ‘God of Love and Compassion reach out with your Peace to the people who were in the car involved in the traffic accident with Prince Philip’s vehicle. Amen.’
Norfolk Police said officers were called to the Sandringham Estate shortly before 3pm ‘following reports of a collision involving two cars’.
Mr Sentamu tweeted a prayer for Prince Philip at around 6.30pm, before following up with another message
Police and ambulance crews attended and two people in one of the vehicles suffered minor injuries.
The duke was seen by a doctor at his medical facilities on the Sandringham Estate following the crash as a precaution but was given the all clear.
He is no stranger to the driving seat, and was seen with very famous passengers in a Range Rover in 2016.
Philip showed the former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle the personal touch when he drove them and the Queen to Windsor Castle after the Marine One presidential helicopter landed close to the monarch’s Berkshire home during their visit to the UK in April 2016.
Even in his 80s, the duke continued to compete in demanding carriage driving competitions, and has previously pulled muscles in his back while driving his horse-drawn carriage.
Images have emerged from the scene near Sandringham showing the black Land Rover with severe damage to its left side
Prince Philip is pictured leaving the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on December 19
In 2017, he joked how the rough and tumble of carriage driving left his ‘Balmoral dog cart’ smashed up regularly.
In his first interview since he announced his retirement, Philip told how he took up the sport of carriage driving when he gave up polo aged 50.
He was instrumental in helping to establish the sport and took part well into his 80s, but gave up competitions some years ago.
Philip retired from official royal engagements in August 2017.
The Land Rover Prince Philip was driving rolled onto its side next to the road where the crash happened