The Duchess of Cornwall’s brother has passed away after falling outside of a club in New York.
Mark Shand was taken to hospital on Tuesday evening after he slipped as he smoked a cigarette at an after-party which followed a charity fundraising party in the city.
In a statement, Clarence House said: “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.”
Mark Shand and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2009
It went on: “Mr Shand died in hospital as a result of a serious head injury which he sustained during a fall last night. The Duchess, the Prince of Wales and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss.”
In the statement Clarence House described Mark as a man of “extraordinary vitality, a tireless campaigner and conservationist.”
Mark is Camilla’s younger brother, and he is a travel writer and conservationist. He had authored several books including Queen of the Elephants which became a BBC documentary and won the 1996 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the Prix Litteraire d’Amis.
He was the Chairman of a wildlife foundation called Elephant Family, which in a statement said: “Today we’ve lost the head of our family. Mark Shand was a true force for conservation a legend and inspiration.”
Mark Shand with his daughter in 2012
At the fundraising event Mark, 62, was overseeing an auction which was raising money for the Elephant Family, and for Studio In A School, which raises money for children in New York City.
Numerous artists and designers, including Ralph Lauren and fashion house Marchesa, had decorated Easter eggs for the event which were selling for as much as $7000. It was the finale of a month-long egg hunt that happened all over the city.
Other attendees at the event were fashion designer Dianne von Furstenberg and socialite Atlanta de Cadenet.
He had later gone on to the after-party which was being held at the Diamond Horseshoe, a luxury nightclub near Times Square.
Mark Shand and Prince Charles in India in 2013
Camilla is due to fly to Canada on May 18 with Prince Charles for a three-day tour which will celebrate the centenary of World War One.