Prince William flew off to Kenya for a three day visit which includes attending the wedding of long-time friend and (alleged) former girlfriend, Jecca Craig. Though William scheduled the “private visit” a long time ago, he will meet the Kenyan President and view some conservation and anti-poaching initiatives in Kenya. William is leaving his wife, Kate Middleton, with the kids to go to Jecca’s wedding solo. And because irony, the future Head of the Church of England will not be attending Easter service. Oh, and William “I can’t work full time at my air ambulance job OR my royal job because I’m such a hands-on father” Middleton will be missing Easter with his children.
At least William didn’t try and hide the trip like he did with his ski holiday earlier this month and all of his other vacations. Kensington Palace released the following statement:
“The Duke of Cambridge will visit Kenya over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend between 24th and 27th March 2016, on a private trip.
“At the start of his short visit to the country, on Thursday 24th March, the Duke of Cambridge will attend a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta. The meeting is taking place at the request of Her Majesty’s Government, and His Royal Highness is pleased to have the opportunity to meet the President while he is in Kenya. They will discuss the relationship between the United Kingdom and Kenya, to deepen relations between the two countries on a broad range of topics including defence and security, and conservation.
“The Duke, who is President of United For Wildlife, will spend the remainder of the day seeing first-hand some of the longstanding conservation and anti-poaching initiatives taking place in Kenya, which are supported by Tusk Trust, the charity of which he is Royal Patron.
“His Royal Highness will witness vets at work in the field as they fit radio tracking collars to elephants to help with research and conservation. The Duke of Cambridge will also spend time with a team of highly trained rangers in Lewa Conservancy, to learn about their work protecting one of Africa’s significant rhino populations from poaching.
“The remainder of this short visit to the country will be private.”
[press release via Majesty Magazine FB]
William must be so angry that the government is making him work during his vacation.
The Daily Mail claims William is paying for his trip privately since it was scheduled before the government forced him to work. BUT he will take at least three protection officers and his private secretary, all of whom will be paid for by the taxpayers.
So Mr. Hands-On Father is skipping Easter with his kids so he can go to his (alleged) former girlfriend’s wedding. I guess we shouldn’t expect any less from the man who opted to go to his (alleged) former girlfriend’s brother’s wedding instead of his own cousin’s wedding.
While I know I’ve said I don’t want to discuss religion on this blog, this is relevant to the discussion of this particular royal. I want to make clear, I am not commenting on religious beliefs as a whole and I am not saying anyone should believe anything in particular. In William’s case only: There is a severe conflict of interest if the Supreme Governor of the Church of England is not religious and doesn’t observe his own faith’s holy days. While William is not Supreme Governor of the Church of England currently, he will be, and his lack of observance of the faith that he will one day be Supreme Governor of is a problem.
Oh, PS, William put in a shift at his air ambulance job ahead of his vacation to Kenya. William even raced out of the helicopter to comfort the patient – which the Telegraph says he never does. So the photographer (Geoff Robinson, who is a “News Photographer based in Cambridge” who always takes photos of the royals walking to church at Sandringham) can get better shots of him? Hm…