Royals Shocked by Sudden Tragic Death in the Family

Mark Shand

Kate Middleton and Prince William may be having a wonderful time in sunny Australia, but tragedy has suddenly struck their family. Prince William's stepmother, Camilla, has been dealt a huge blow by the sudden and tragic death of her brother, Mark Shand, who had stepped outside of a bar in New York City after a fundraiser when he slipped, fell, and hit his head. He was rushed to a hospital but quickly succumbed to his injuries and died. He was only 62.

The royal family issued a statement saying:

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. Mr Shand died in hospital as a result of a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall last night. 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.

Shand has been described as a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond -- an adventurer, conservationist, and travel writer. He was the chairman of the Elephant Family, a wildlife foundation. They wrote on their website:

Today we have lost the head of our family. Mark Shand was a true force for conservation. He was both a legend and inspiration and above all our great friend. We ask at this time that people’s thoughts are with his loved ones. We will miss him always.

He sounds just like the kind of guy that the royals would have been proud of, especially William and Charles, as they are both very into conservation. And Camilla must be devastated that her brother has passed away so suddenly before she had a chance to say goodbye.

But Mark Shand's amazing work will live on.

Any words for the royals?


Image via The Elephant Family

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I just get skeeved out by actually reading "Williams stepmother Camilla". I know that's what she is, but to me she is just his fathers wife.

nonmember avatar goodgrief

prima, grow up.


My opinion and I'm entitled to it.

Sheila Rana Church

I agree Prima.. I am pretty sure to the boys of the Late, wonderful True Royal Princess Diana, she is just that... Fathers wife. They had a Mom that was taken and Camilla whom was cheating with Charles pushed on them. This by far is not a Royal Story. We all lose family.

Sheila Rana Church

They could have reported the sad story as... The brother in law of Prince Charles passes away . Leave boys out of it. William has stated in past interviews, its his fathers decision if he wants to remarry, but he has a Mother.

nonmember avatar agboola uslimah

May God repose the soul of the dead,as for Camila she does not count!

Cathy Topping Monico

Come on people, her brother died.  I'm no fan but from what I've heard, the boys actually love her.

nonmember avatar Lena

Just a reminder that none of us really knows how much time we have. Make sure you tell the people you love how much you love them every day.

Debrn Girard

My deepest sympathy to Camilla and her family in the tragic loss of her brother!

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