An 83-year-old British woman has been hospitalized in serious condition after being hit by a motorbike that was part of the police escort for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The BBC reports that the elderly woman was injured on Monday, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were traveling from London to Windsor. The victim, whose name is Irene, was brought to the hospital in critical condition. She is now reportedly in serious but stable condition.
Witnesses told the Sun that the police motorbike was on the wrong side of the road in the process of clearing traffic when it hit Irene in West London.
“His bike hit her and she spun round, off her feet and fell badly on the floor,” one witness said.
“The officer was devastated. But he was going on the wrong side of the road. It could have been so much worse.”
Kate and William reportedly didn’t learn of the crash until after they’d arrived back at Windsor, and they were “devastated” when they learned about what happened. A royal spokesperson told the BBC that the two were “deeply concerned and saddened” about the news.
The royal couple sent Irene flowers at the hospital, along with a handwritten note expressing their best wishes for her recovery. According to the Sun, the two also hope to be able to visit Irene in the hospital to apologize in person, when she’s feeling up to it, and have communicated this to Irene’s daughter Fiona.
“She’s got lots of injuries. They are just keeping her stable at the moment,” Fiona told reporters.
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