A woman involved in a car crash alongside Prince Philip said she "always wanted to meet a royal – but not in this way".

Onlookers spoke of their shock at seeing the duke’s car collide with a blue Kia yesterday.

A grandmother and mum inside the vehicle were injured but luckily a nine-month-old baby was unscathed.

The crash happened near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk at around 3pm.

Since the incident, the royal has been in touch with the women, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Victoria Warne, 72, spoke to the Duke of Edinburgh as she tended to the injured Kia occupants.

The retired NHS worker from Norfolk told The Sun: “The passenger from the other car told me, ‘I always wanted to meet a royal – but not this way’.”

She claims the royal asked: "Is everyone all right?"

"He looked so worried and told me, ‘I’m such a fool’," Ms Warne added.

The Queen’s husband is also believed to have cried "my legs, my legs" moments after his Land Rover overturned.

Philip, who was treated in hospital for cuts this morning, was then understood to be "worrying about the others [involved in the crash]."

Mrs Warne was travelling home from a hospital appointment with husband Roy, 75, when they saw the smash unfold.

Mr Warne helped the royal out of the wreckage by pulling him through the shattered windscreen.

Speaking earlier today, the barrister claimed he had blood on his hands.

"I saw the car flip and thought f*****g hell.

"Before I even stopped I said to Victoria, dial 999.

"I looked down and had the Prince’s blood on my hands. All I could think is, thank goodness there wasn’t more," the pensioner told The Sun .

"I had his blood on my hands. It wasn’t much and one of the royal people gave me a wipe."

Norfolk Police said the incident would be investigated "and any appropriate action taken".

Meanwhile measures to reduce the crash road’s speed limit to 50mph and install cameras were passed.

A Norfolk County Council meeting in Norwich heard the stretch had been considered dangerous for some time.

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