London (CNN)There's one question gripping the UK today and for once, it's not about Brexit.
Why is Prince Philip still driving at the age of 97, especially when he has access to a fleet of royal chauffeurs?
Remarkably, the Duke of Edinburgh managed to walk away from the crash unscathed. The prince was "obviously shaken," an eyewitness told the BBC, but he was able to stand and showed concern for the occupants of the other car. The female driver of the other vehicle and her passenger suffered minor injuries, and there was also a baby in that car who wasn't hurt.
It's unlike Philip to obsess about media coverage of his life but if he does tune in, he will probably feel a mixture of bafflement and despair about the focus on him after this crash.
Despite his clear sense of duty to Queen and country, he's never had much time for royal protocol, as his long history of unapologetic public gaffes demonstrates.
The Duke of Edinburgh is also famously independent and has been caught on several occasions getting frustrated by the strictures of his public role, asking photographers to "get on with it" and ignoring the instructions of aides.
The quid pro quo for being a member of one of the world's most famous families are the many trappings that come with it -- from historic castles to all-expenses paid hospitality and a fleet of luxury cars, complete with chauffeurs. So why doesn't he use these drivers?