Camilla and Prince Charles "Utterly Devastated" as Her Brother Mark Shand Dies at 62
Sad news for the British Royal family. Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife Camilla has died, hours after he was hospitalised in New York with a serious head injury.
The travel writer and conservationist was admitted to a medical centre in critical condition on Tuesday night (22 April) after slipping and smacking his head on the pavement outside The Diamond Horseshoe nightclub, where the 62-year-old was attending a party following a $1 million charity auction hosted by bosses at Sotheby's. The auction was in aid of his elephant charity. Shand was apparently out smoking a cigarette, near the Gramercy Park Hotel, when he slipped.
Post his admission to Bellevue hospital, doctors were unable to save him and he died on Wednesday (23 April).
Representatives at royal residence Clarence House confirmed the sad news in a statement that read: "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 statement continued, "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."
Camilla and Charles "utterly devastated"