Duchess Sophie is praying for the pedestrian injured by Sophie’s police escort

Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh was very active during the coronation and after the coronation. She participated in the “Big Lunch” and she was front row for the coronation concert. She also co-hosted a palace garden party on Tuesday. Well, on Wednesday, she was moving through west London with her police escort. That’s when one of her police escort cars hit a woman in her 80s. Something is going unsaid in this story and I have some questions.

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh is praying for a woman who was injured by a police motorcycle that was part of her royal escort.

The accident happened on Wednesday around 3:20 p.m. local time, at the intersection of West Cromwell Road and Warwick Road in Earl’s Court, west London, the Metropolitan Police said, per BBC. The woman is in her 80s and was treated by paramedics from London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance before being hospitalized. She remains in critical condition, the Met Police said Thursday, and her family has been informed.

No other injuries were reported, and the collision is being investigated by Independent Office for Police Conduct.

After the news broke, Buckingham Palace released a short statement on Sophie’s behalf.

“The Duchess’s heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the injured lady and her family. She is grateful for the swift response by the emergency services and will keep abreast of developments,” the palace said. “Further comment at this time would not be appropriate while the incident is being investigated.”

Wednesday was the first day off from major group engagements for the Duchess of Edinburgh, 58, and other members of the royal family following King Charles and Queen Camilla’s historic coronation at Westminster Abbey on Saturday. Sophie attended the church service with her husband Prince Edward and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 19, and James, Earl of Wessex, 15, and appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace together after.

[From People]

First of all, I hope the woman is being cared for properly and I hope she is okay or will be okay soon. Second of all, my biggest question is… did the police escort stop? Like, when the police motorcycle struck this woman, did the motorcade stop and deal with the situation and call the ambulance? No one is saying, and I’m wondering if this could qualify as some kind of hit-and-run. At least Sophie wasn’t behind the wheel – remember when Prince Philip hit a car carrying a mother and a baby?

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    I wonder if something like this–were there a lawsuit–could fall on the monarchy to pay out, since the person who hit her was employed by them and acting in an official capacity at the time? I’m very sorry for the woman–and I don’t like the palace’s statement at all. Like: sorry you’re feeling hurt. “Thoughts and prayers” is the response of those determined to do nothing to change their ways.

    • Nic919 says:

      The police service would pay out because it sounds like the motorcycle was driving too fast.

  2. Mslove says:

    Remember when side-piece had a head-on collision and left the scene of the accident in 1997? Yep, very shady, I hope the woman will be okay.

    • SURE says:

      If only an enterprising journalist had interviewed that woman prior to Camilla’s fancy hat parade. I’d love to hear what that woman remembers of the event and how she felt about C running away from the scene. Did C contact her after the crash or did one of KFC’s lackeys settle the matter?

  3. Mary Pester says:

    @thatsnotok, exactly, I can also remember when prince Philip broke a woman’s arm. I do so hope the lady is OK. 80 is not a good age to be involved in this sort of accident poor thing. And WHY is the media so quiet over this. This elderly lady needs more than your bloody prayers Sophie. Get your lazy arse to that hospital and check on her AND HER FAMILY

  4. Jan90067 says:

    They are SO GENEROUS with “thoughts and prayers”… and empty hands. How about seeing to the woman’s family? Or sending over food to the family so they don’t have to worry about meals while they’re spending time at the hospital?

    Has she made a PERSONAL CALL to the woman’s family, or spoke to her doctors, to see how she’s doing?

    Sofiesta’s “thoughts and prayers” are empty words from her PR office. I’m sure she’s forgotten all about it already.

    • Lara (the other) says:

      Honestly, the last person I would want to see while I am worrying about an injured relative is the person whose motorcade was responsible.
      They should make shure the injured woman gets the best care money can buy and the family enough funds to skip work for a couple of days, but otherwise keep away.

  5. Eurydice says:

    I hope that along with praying, she’s paying.

    • Jules says:

      From what happens in the U.S., thoughts and prayers is code for doing absolutely nothing.

      They don’t know or care that thoughts and prayers without action is blasphemy.

  6. HeyKay says:

    It was an accident. Car insurance will cover, or quietly, Chuck writes a check.
    How awful for the victim and the driver tho.

    • Schminna says:

      Nah, it’s good. We have the NHS. All free at point of service and the service is outstanding. No insurance required…

      • Bee says:

        Are you actually in the UK? Because all the Brits I know complain about the NHS being overloaded and underfunded.

      • SarahCS says:

        It is overloaded and there is a massive funding issue but you can still get outstanding levels of care. If you have an accident someone calls 999 and an NHS ambulance comes for you. Later on if you have insurance you might go private for follow up care (and elderly people being discharged with adequate care plans is an issue) but at the point of needing urgent care it’s NHS all the way.

      • Eurydice says:

        Well, she’s in critical condition, so it’s not so good. And if she dies, I don’t suppose the NHS will pay the funeral expenses.

      • Christine says:

        I think she’s already dead, or brain dead. The never complain, never explain “daughter of QEII’s heart” has already issued a statement? I’m so sorry to her family.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    According to the Sun royal reporter Sophie duly attended an engagement at St. George’s Chapel after the incident. Make of that what you will.

    • Jais says:

      Interesting. Wonder what the engagement was. Assuming it’s in the CC. Bc no way would she have a Motorcade security without an official engagement.

  8. Seraphina says:

    I really hope the woman is ok. On a side note, Chuck’s reign is full of problems and bad omens.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I too hope that she is going to recover and resume her life from before the accident.

      On a side note, WHY did they tie in the Con-A-Nation with this announcement?? Give me a break!! We all know about that travesty but to add it to their story of this woman is in such bad taste…..

  9. Digital Unicorn says:

    There has been a few of these over the years – there was one a few years ago with the Wails. They were running late to an engagement at Windsor Castle and their outrider hit and old lady standing on the pavement.

  10. Nic919 says:

    They might do it a bit differently in the UK, but I saw the process first hand when Harry was in toronto for Invictus games. Basically the police motorcycles are the ones at the head of the convoy and they get the other traffic out of the way, especially if the road isn’t planned to be closed. Then the other vehicles follow the motorcycles but a bit later. What I saw was on a street in toronto where the speed limit was 50 km so they were not travelling fast, but with lights on.

    It looks like the motorcycle clearing the way was traveling too fast or in a way for the 80 year old to not move out soon enough.

    If there is a lawsuit it will be against the police service.

    • Lorelei says:

      This is probably a stupid question, but does every royal get a motorcade/streets cleared every time they go anywhere? Like, on any random Wednesday? I know that obviously they do it for big events, but for some reason I’m surprised that Sophie would get such treatment all the time. How wasteful.

  11. Schminna says:

    Nah, it’s good. We have the NHS. All free at point of service and the service is outstanding. No insurance required…

  12. blue says:

    Any indication if anyone from the motorcade stopped to assist/call for help or did it keep going on to the destination?

  13. j.ferber says:

    Sue them. Paying out money is the only thing that will get to them. Fake prayers and thoughts. Please. We know these people by now.

  14. ales says:

    Sophie married to the 13th in line royal is given police protection, Harry is denied any protection. Slimmed down monarchy is a farce. Such a sign of force given to a minor married in royal and now it seems the streets must be cleared or be there at your own risk. Charles and his chosen few are behaving more like feudal overlords/ladies.