Prince Harry was caught up in a high speed crash when one of his police outriders collided head on with a taxi as the motorcade headed to an official engagement.
The Prince appeared shocked as his bodyguards treated both the unconscious driver – who had to be cut from his vehicle by firemen – and the police rider, who was thrown 30ft down the road after the impact.
Pictures taken in the aftermath of the accident in central London show the wrecked police motorbike embedded in the white Toyota Prius, as the driver lies injured in his seat surrounded by deployed airbags, the Daily Mail reported.
According to one witness, the prince’s Range Rover, which was taking him to an Invictus Games event in north London, took evasive action.
The driver, apparently fearing a potential terrorist attack, steered his vehicle through the damaged vehicles at speed before coming to a stop a several hundred feet up the road.
The bystander said he saw Harry sat in the back of the car with his head in his hands, constantly looking backwards at the injured men.
The prince was insistent they stopped but security advice was for his car to drive on. Other officers did stop to attend the incident.
Last night the rider from the Special Escort Group was discharged from hospital, while the driver was said to be in a ‘stable’ condition.
The Metropolitan Police also began an investigation into the accident, which occurred at around 9.40am on Prince Albert Road, adjacent to Regent’s Park and London Zoo.