More details have been emerging about the crash involving Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s convoy that seriously injured an elderly woman and her family has a strong message for the royals.
The accident occurred as the couple was traveling from London to Windsor on Monday afternoon. It is believed that a royal protection officer on a motorcycle hit the woman, identified as 83-year-old Irene Mayor. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have contacted the woman but now her family is lashing out. Here’s more on what they had to say about the crash as well as an update on Mayor’s condition.
Woman’s condition after crash
At this time, the IOPC is still investigating the crash and released the following statement.
“We are investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision involving a marked police motorcycle attached to the Royalty and Specialist Protection Command and a woman pedestrian on Upper Richmond Road, Richmond, southwest London at 12:50 p.m. on Monday 17 June.”
Scotland Yard added that Mayor was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Mayor’s daughter, Fiona, spoke to the MailOnline and revealed that her mother suffered several injuries including a broken pelvis and is currently in serious but stable condition.
“She’s got lots of injuries,” Fiona said. “They are just keeping her stable at the moment.”
Her family blasts royals’ convoy
Mayor’s siblings spoke out about the crash as well and slammed the royal convoy.
“The police outriders have to slow down. My sister is lying in a hospital bed and she could have been killed. She could so easily have been killed,” her sister, Joyce Shore, said. “I do like the royals, but the way my sister’s life has been endangered is completely unacceptable. These outriders need to slow down. But it will still go on. I doubt anything will change just because a lady speaks out over concern for her sister.”
The 86-year-old Shore was overcome with emotion at the thought that her sister might not pull through this.
“She is just an ordinary lady who minds her own business and then this happens,” Shore said as she wiped away tears. “She had been shopping and she was on her way home. She had been on a bus. She had been crossing the road. Those police motorbikes don’t have to go so close to the curb.”
Mayor’s brother added that his family has already hired lawyers to “look after” his sibling.
Prince Wiliam and Middleton did not see the collision but were later notified about what happened.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were deeply concerned to hear about the accident. Their Royal Highnesses have sent their best wishes to Irene and her family and will stay in touch throughout every stage of her recovery,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said.
The royals have sent flowers to the hospital and hope to visit Mayor when she is ready.