A former British Army officer, reportedly killed by an armed gang at his home in Kenya, had previously helped to run a nearby game reserve which became the setting for the Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton's engagement, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Lieutenant Colonel David Parkinson, 58, who received an OBE in 1998, is said to have became the deputy director of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy after he retired as commander of a local army base for the British Army.
William spent part of his gap year at the wildlife reserve, before returning with Kate in 2005, and again in 2010 where he proposed to her, the newspaper said.
A spokesman for the Prince said he was saddened to learn of the death of Mr Parkinson, who he had met at the reserve.
The Foreign Office has confirmed the death of a former British Army officer killed by an armed gang at his home in Kenya.
Lieutenant Colonel David Parkinson, 58, was killed with a machete after the suspected armed robbers, broke their way into his house in the early hours of Sunday morning, The Telegraph said. A Foreign Office spokesman said:
We are aware of his death and we stand ready to provide consular assistance to his family at this sad time.
A retired British officer has been brutally murdered in a botched robbery at his home in Kenya yesterday, according to The Times (£).
Lieutenant-Colonel David Parkinson, 58, and his wife were attacked after the gang of suspected robbers, armed with machetes and a gun, smashed their way into the house in the early hours of Sunday, police said.
During the confrontation, Mr Parkinson's hand was cut severely and he was fatally wounded, police added.
An investigation by Kenyan police is under way and tracker dogs have been employed to hunt down the five gang members.