Prince William is headed to Kenya for a four-day visit and will be back Sunday. Which is fine, normally, and it we’re not saying it’s not fine now. But as many of us know, it’s a long weekend — Easter weekend, to be exact — where most people are spending time with their families or loved ones. Not Will though.
His office told People that it’s for a good reason, saying that the “mostly private trip” will take the royal to see “first-hand some of the longstanding conservation and anti-poaching initiatives” supported by the Tusk Trust, of which he is patron. But Kenya also happens to be where Will’s ex-girlfriend Jecca Craig is. And it’s where Jecca is getting married. This weekend.
A coincidence? No way. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that William planned his conservation visit around Jecca’s wedding. First off, Jecca, who is set to marry conservationist Jonathan Baillie on Saturday, has always been a proponent of wildlife conservation, so much so that many believe it’s why Will is so keen on the issue.
It’s also believed that William and Jecca have always remained close. He even missed his cousin Peter Phillips‘ wedding in 2008 to attend Jecca’s brother Batian‘s instead. In fact, Craig’s family’s safari reserve is where Will asked Kate to marry him in 2010, so Jecca’s kind of always been looming.
The work component of his trip will involve Will joining those fitting radio-tracking collars on elephants to help with research and conservation efforts, reports People. He will also spend time with a team of rangers to learn about their work protecting the local rhino populations from poaching. Though we’re not sure if he’s going to get his hands dirty like Harry did in Africa last summer.
But back to Easter. It’s Charlotte’s first! Should he really be missing that? Some would argue that it’s one of those things a baby won’t remember so it’s not that big a deal but what about George? He’s the perfect egg-hunting age. Watching his kids collect Easter eggs and get sick on too many chocolate bunnies is part of the parenting package but at least Kate will be there. William will reportedly be back on Sunday, hopefully in time to have a belated egg hunt.