Prince Harry's car ran over and seriously injured a photographer outside a West End nightclub, it has been revealed.
According to the London Evening Standard, Tony Margiocchi was hit by Harry's Ford Galaxy as it collected the prince from a late-night event at Beaufort club in Knightsbridge. The car, which was driven by a royal protection officer, left the scene after the accident, the report has added.
Margiocchi, a former policeman and ex-soldier, suffered a badly broken leg and torn Achilles tendon and was left bed-ridden for four months without being able to work, according to the paper.
The 54-year-old photographer is now launching a personal injury claim against Scotland Yard seeking claiming loss of earnings, alleging that both the police and prosecutors have failed to properly investigate the incident, the report has added.
Both Clarence House and Scotland Yard have refused to comment on the issue.
"We were outside the nightclub when someone shouted 'get out of the way'. The double doors swung open and the car shot out across the pavement. Nobody knew what was going on. I tried to get out of the way but the car caught me with its left front wheel and I was flung into the kerb," Margiocchi has been quoted by the paper as saying.
Margiocchi, who lives near Dunstable, had to leave full-time job to care for his disabled wife. But now he complains that he is unable to take care of her, the report has added.
The paper has also noted that Margiocchi's local MP Andrew Selous raised the issue with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Peter Lewis, CPS chief executive, then wrote to him: "It was not possible to prosecute (the police officer) for an offence of failing to stop after the accident or failing to report the accident because he was initially unaware that there had been an accident."
The Evening Standard has also cited a police officer's report on the incident which confirmed that the driver was aware of the incident. The note, carried by the paper, read: "I was informed over my radio that a photographer had been hit by my vehicle but I had been aware of it at the time...I could not return for security of my principle (Prince Harry)."