Monday 26 September 2016

Prince William skips Easter with the family to attend former flame’s wedding

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 24/03/2016 | 10:23

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate. Reuters/Geoff Pugh/pool
Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate. Reuters/Geoff Pugh/pool
Kate with her husband Prince William. Reuters/Toby Melville

George and Charlotte’s Easter eggs will have to wait - Prince William is to spend the Bank Holiday weekend in Kenya attending the wedding of his teenage sweetheart Jessica "Jecca" Craig.

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Kate Middleton will stay at home in England with their children, while the British royal makes a “private” four-day visit to Africa.

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)
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)

In a statement, Kensington Palace outlined the Duke of Cambridge’s plans to spend time on a wildlife reserve and to hold an official meeting with Kenya’s president Uluru Kenyatta.

However, there was no mention of the Prince’s ex-girlfriend Jecca’s wedding, due to take place on Saturday and which the Duke is expected to attend.

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.

Prince William briefly dated Ms Craig during his gap year before university, and the two have remained close.

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.

The Lewa Conservancy, run by the bride-to-be’s father, Ian Craig, holds a special place in Prince William's heart, and served as the romantic backdrop when he proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010.

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