Former head of royal protection explains why royals don’t always wear seat belts

2019-01-25 13:37

Cape Town - There’s been lots of controversy about members of the royal family not wearing a seat belt after Prince Phillip (97) was seen driving without one just days after being involved in a car accident, Cosmopolitan reports.

While driving without a safety belt is considered dangerous and a criminal offence, former head of royal protection Simon Morgan said there was a reason the royals often travel in cars without being strapped in.

Speaking to Hello! magazine, Morgan of Trojan Consultancy revealed the royal family don’t wear safety belts in case they need to make a quick escape during emergencies.

Speaking about potential threats and risks for royals in different situations he said “there are always anomalies”.

“It's a matter of looking at each individual situation to decide what’s the best way of achieving what needs to be achieved. For example, considering that a quick entry or exit to a vehicle is easier when people aren't strapped into seat belts.”

Morgan noted that while the royal family aren’t exempt from the law, there are times they’re allowed to give their belts a miss, for example in instances where, "a person [is] involved in a procession organised by or on behalf of the Crown or which is commonly or customarily held”.

Sources: Cosmopolitan, Hello Magazine, Elle

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