After receiving the letter, Fairweather told the Sunday Mirror she was "chuffed" with the note, adding:
I thought it was really nice that he signed off as 'Philip' and not the formal title. I was pleasantly surprised because of the personalised nature.
A lot of people said it was unrealistic that I wanted that human kindness from Prince Philip - which is what I saw this letter as.
Fairweather had previously complained that while the Queen, who had no involvement in the accident, had been in contact through a lady-in-waiting, she had not had any direct communication with the duke.
She also called the duke "highly insensitive and inconsiderate" after he was photographed less than 48 hours after the crash at the wheel of a replacement car without a seatbelt on.