The Reason Members of the Royal Family Often Don’t Wear Seat Belts
Don’t try this at home, y’all.
The fact that the oldest members of Britain’s Royal Family continue to drive themselves around is making headlines (and raising eyebrows) after 97-year-old Prince Philip was involved in a scary automobile accident last week.
Not only do Queen Elizabeth and her husband still take the wheel, a recent Hello! interview with a former royal protection officer revealed that they also often go sans seatbelt. At least there’s a reason for this type of risky behavior?
Speaking to Hello!, Simon Morgan explained that sometimes royals don't wear seat belts in order to escape quickly in an emergency. And whether or not they buckle-up on any given day is decided on a case-by-case basis.
"There are always anomalies," Morgan said. "In the threat and risk matrix it's a matter of looking at each individual situation to decide what is 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."
In some instances, it’s simply up to the royal.
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“Is an individual's look and appearance important? And also, an individual's choice,” Morgan continued. “Protection is a very unique area of policing and there are a lot of grey areas, but you are always judging each situation to weigh up the risks and threats with the outcomes you are trying to achieve."
Now, unless you are the Queen, please don’t try this at home.