Tuesday 27 September 2016

Kate Middleton will be joined by siblings James and Pippa for Easter, while Prince William jets to Africa for ex's wedding

Published 25/03/2016 | 08:22

Kate Middleton and Prince William (left) and Jecca Craig (right)
Kate Middleton and Prince William (left) and Jecca Craig (right)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave the annual Commonwealth Day service on Commonwealth Day on March 14, 2016 in Westminster Abbey, London. The service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the UK. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Jecca Craig Attends The Wedding Of Nicholas Van Cutsem And Alice Hadden-Paton At The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks In London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince WIlliam and his wife Kate.
Jecca Craig attends the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Marshfield on March 29, 2014 in Chippenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Jecca Craig arrives for the Boodles Boxing Ball at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on October 1, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Kate Middleton will be spending Easter weekend with her family, while husband Prince William is en route to Kenya for a friend's wedding.

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The Duchess of Cambridge will be joined by her sister Pippa, brother James and parents Carole and Michael Middleton for celebrations at  the family's Norfolk estate Amner Hall.

To mark the occasion with daughter Princess Charlotte (10 months) and Prince George (three), the family will be throwing a traditional Easter egg hunt on the grounds, according to Hello!.

It was confirmed earlier this week that the Duke would be jetting to Kenya - officially, to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta - and unofficially, to attend the wedding of Jecca Craig, whom he dated as a teenager before he met Kate. Sources have claimed he will be paying for the trip from his personal funds as he had arranged to attend the wedding before the meeting was organised.

Jecca Craig Attends The Wedding Of Nicholas Van Cutsem And Alice Hadden-Paton At The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks In London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Jecca Craig Attends The Wedding Of Nicholas Van Cutsem And Alice Hadden-Paton At The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks In London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Ms Craig (34) is set to marry Canadian professor Jonathan Baillie, director of conservation at the Zoological Society of London, on her father’s 55,000 acre wildlife reserve, the Lewa Conservancy.

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In 2008, he even missed his own cousin, Peter Phillips’, nuptials to go to Ms Craig’s brother’s wedding - leaving his then girlfriend Kate to attend alone. The Kenyan socialite is also friendly with the Duchess of Cambridge, and was a guest at the royal wedding in 2011.

Meanwhile, mother-of-two Kate has revealed she gets teased by other members of the royal family for her "walkabout" style.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, enjoy a short private break skiing in the French Alps. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"There’s a real art to walkabouts, everybody teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting," Kate said in her interview for Queen Elizabeth's upcoming documentary to mark her 90th birthday. “I still have to learn a little bit more, and to pick up a few more tips, I suppose.”

She went on to praise the Queen for her "gentle guidance" since marrying William in 2011. "She’s been generous and not forceful at all in her views. And she’s really been there in a gentle guidance for me.”

Prince WIlliam and his wife Kate.
Prince WIlliam and his wife Kate.

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