Kensington Palace announced that Prince William would be making a “private” four-day visit to Africa.
Prince William, who left his wife Kate and their two children at home, will spend his Easter holiday in Kenya.
The Duke has remained so close to the Craig family that when Jecca’s brother got married in 2008, Prince William went to that wedding rather than that of his cousin Peter Phillips on the same day.
It was also during a 2010 holiday at the Lewa reserve that the Duke proposed to his wife Kate Middleton.
The Duke on Thursday called on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi where they held bilateral talks touching on wildlife conservation and security.
“The Duke spoke of his deep personal affection for Kenya, the scene of his engagement to the Duchess of Cambridge, the then Kate Middleton. The two (Prince William and President Kenyatta) discussed the deep ties between the UK and Kenya across a broad range of topics… the Duke paid tribute to Kenya’s role in combating terrorism in Somalia – and conservation,” reads an official statement sent to media houses by the British High Commission.
The Duke of Cambridge is President of United for Wildlife, an alliance between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
On March 15 2016, a declaration to help support the private sector in fighting the illegal wildlife trade was signed by 40 companies at Buckingham Palace. Signatories included bosses of shipping firms, airlines (including Kenya Airways) and customs operators.
Entertainment pundits proven wrong
The Duke has defied entertainment pundits’ earlier prediction that ruled out the possibility of him attending Ms Craig’s posh bash.
Their argument was: if the Duchess of Cambridge managed to avoid attending the London wedding of Prince William’s first university girlfriend, Olivia Hunt, because of a conveniently timed family skiing trip to France, what would make her allow Prince William to attend Jecca’s wedding on March 26?
Another reason for their proposition was that 33-year-old William’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, is just ten months old hence he would most likely not travel with the little one.
Besides spending vacation in Kenya, Prince William will witness veterinaries at work in the field as they fit radio tracking collars to elephants to help with research and conservation.
The Duke of Cambridge will also spend time with a team of highly trained rangers in Lewa Conservancy to learn about their work protecting one of Africa’s significant rhino populations from poaching.