Prince William (40) mourns a "close friend" who died with his son in a plane crash in Kenya on social media. Mark Jenkins, a ranger, died when his light plane crashed over Tsavo National Park, according to media reports. The men are said to have just tried to drive cows, camels and goats out of the park. Nothing is currently known about the cause of the accident.
The Prince of Wales is said to have learned of the tragedy while he was about to wrap up the aftermath of the release of the first part of the Netflix documentary Harry
Prince William first met Jenkins, a game warden, in 2001 when he spent three and a half months in Africa learning about the wildlife and environment, according to The Telegraph. The two men are said to have become friends and had apparently met a few times since then.
Among other things, William is a patron of the Tusk Trust, a wildlife conservation charity, and founded United for Wildlife, an organization dedicated to protecting endangered species from the illegal trade. In Kenya in 2010, William asked for the hand of his current wife, Princess Kate (40).