Camilla's brother dies after hitting head in fall
THE brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after suffering a serious injury to his head in a fall.
Mark Shand (63), is understood to have slipped in the street outside a New York nightclub where he had been at a party following a charity event.
One report suggested he stepped outside to have a cigarette when the accident happened, while other sources said he had been drinking and suffered from dizzy spells due to blood pressure medication.
He was taken to hospital where he was treated for serious head injuries. Clarence House later confirmed he had died from his injuries.
Mr Shand is survived by his daughter, Ayesha (19), and his French wife, Clio.
In a statement, Clarence House said: "It is with deep sadness that we have to confirm that the Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, has today passed away in New York. The Duchess, the Prince of Wales and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss.
"Mark Shand was a man of extraordinary vitality, a tireless campaigner and conservationist whose incredible work through the Elephant Family and beyond remained his focus right up until his death."
Earlier in the evening, the travel writer had co-hosted an event in aid of his Elephant Family charity at Sotheby's before going on to the Diamond Horseshoe club in midtown Manhattan. (© Daily Telegraph, London)