There’s a reason why the Royals rarely wear seatbelts and our minds are blown

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It all makes sense now…

It's been one week since Prince Philip avoided injury, after the car he was driving overturned in an accident near Sandringham Estate, the private residence in Norfolk, rural England.

And, while we were all pleased to hear that the 97-year-old was OK, photos which surfaced just two days after the accident, caused speculation when the Prince was captured not wearing a seatbelt.

Confused? Don’t worry we were too.

But as it turns out, the Royals rarely wear seatbelts and believe it or not, there’s actually a pretty good reason for it.

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Hello! Spoke to former Royal protection officer Simon Morgan, who explained that while these decisions were made on a case-by-case basis, Royals aren’t strapped in for their own safety:

"There are always anomalies…In the threat and risk matrix it's a matter of looking at each individual situation to decide what is the best way of achieving what needs to be achieved. For example, considering that a quick entry or exit to a vehicle is easier when people aren't strapped into seatbelts." – Simon told the publication.

“Also, what is significant about this event or situation? Is an individual's look and appearance important? And also an individual's choice… Protection is a very unique area of policing and there are a lot [sic] grey areas, but you are always judging each situation to weigh up the risks and threats with the outcomes you are trying to achieve” – He added.

Unfortunately for us civilians, we can’t do it like the Royals (‘cause it’s against the law) so drive responsibly!​

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