Earlier this week Royal Central reported the breaking news of the death of The Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, Mark Shand in New York City. Mr. Shand, the younger brother of Camilla was attending a charity auction at Sotheby’s this past Wednesday.
Last November, Mr Shand joined his brother in law Charles in Kerlala for their visit to the ‘Elephant Corridor.’ Shand was the founder of Elephant Family, a charity that seeks to protect the threatened animals since 2002.
Due to the rain that occurred during their visit, Charles and Mark were unable to see the elephants. Shand commented that perhaps The Prince did not mind. “What he enjoyed was standing there listening to the forest in a perfect, pristine rain forest – rain forest being the operative word.”
Mr. Shand was chairman of the elephant-conservation charity and is recognised for his work as a travel writer and conservationist. He is the author of numerous books, including Elephant Tales and River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra. He also worked as a BBC conservationist and travel writer. In 1996 he won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1996 for his book and the corresponding BBC documentary, Queen of the Elephants.
A statement from Mark Shand’s friends at Elephant Family: “Today we have lost the head of our family. Mark Shand was a true force for conservation. He was both a legend and inspiration and above all our great friend. We ask at this time that people’s thoughts are with his loved ones. We will miss him always.”
Shand was the son of Major Bruce Shand and his wife the Hon. Rosalind Maud Cubitt, daughter of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe and the former Sonia Keppel. Shand was the brother of The Duchess of Cornwall and Annabel Elliot. In 1990 he married former French actress Clio Goldsmith. They were divorced in 2010. Mr Shand had one daughter, Ayesha who is 19.