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Prince William to attend ex-girlfriend Jecca Craig's wedding in Kenya this weekend

Ainhoa Barcelona
Content Managing Editor
24 March 2016
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Prince William will visit Kenya over the Easter weekend from Thursday 24 until Sunday 27 March. Kensington Palace announced the news in a statement, saying that William's trip is a private one and will focus on his wildlife and conservation campaign.

However royal watchers are speculating that the Prince will also attend the wedding of his former flame Jecca Craig, who he briefly dated before university.

The pretty brunette is marrying Canadian professor Jonathan Baillie, director of conservation at the Zoological Society of London, following their engagement last year.

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Prince William and Kenyan socialite Jecca Craig briefly dated before university

William, 33, and Jecca, 34, have remained on good terms since their school days and still mix in the same high-society circles. The bride-to-be is also friends with William's wife the Duchess of Cambridge, and was a guest at the couple's royal wedding in 2011.

Jecca and Kate have been pictured attending the same events in the past, including the glitzy Boodles Boxing Ball in June 2008 to raise money for charity, and a polo match in Gloucestershire that same month.

While Kate will have received an invite to Jecca's wedding, a royal source told HELLO! that the Duchess will be spending Easter weekend with her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Prince William's wife Kate pictured with bride-to-be Jecca in 2008

Kate and her brood may well spend time with the Middletons in Berkshire or the Duchess could attend the traditional Easter service with the Queen and other members of the royal family at Windsor Castle. However in recent years, Kate and her husband William have not attended.

This year the Prince will be in Kenya where he will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday. The meeting is taking place at the request of Her Majesty's Government and will focus on 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.

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William's trip to Kenya will focus on wildlife and conservation

As President of United For Wildlife, William 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.

The Prince will witness vets at work in the field as they fit radio tracking collars to elephants to help with research and conservation. He 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 statement from Kensington Palace added: "The remainder of this short visit to the country will be private."

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