Car accident claim by royal appointment
In February 2011, the photographer had been waiting with other members of the press, outside a cocktail bar on the King’s Road in Chelsea, to photograph the prince after celebrations to mark the England rugby team’s win over France in the Six Nations championship.
However, it is alleged that, on leaving the premises, an unmarked police car in which the prince was travelling collided with the photographer causing him to suffer serious personal injuries, including a broken leg and Achilles tendon damage.
The photographer was unable to return to return to work for a number of months following the accident and claims he still suffers pain as a result of his injuries.
He is now seeking car accident compensation from the Metropolitan Police predominantly for loss of earnings, it is reported.
The photographer’s personal injury solicitor said that although it was recognised that the prince had certain security needs, the car crash had been serious and their client was now seeking an admission of responsibility for the accident from the police.
A spokesperson from Scotland Yard confirmed that “an unmarked police vehicle was in collision with a man, believed to be working as a photographer, at around 2am on Sunday February 27 in Beaufort St, SW3. The man was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering from a leg injury”.
However, no further comment on the car accident claim has been made by the police or by Prince Harry’s staff at Clarence House.News