The Duke of Cambridge, 39, penned a heartfelt tribute to the Kenyan conservationist describing him as “inspirational and courageous”.
The message, sent from the Kensington Royal Twitter account, was signed off with William’s initial.
Prince William wrote: “I was very sad to hear of Richard Leakey’s death.
“He was an inspirational & courageous conservationist and I was privileged to meet him.
“He transformed the Kenyan Wildlife Service & valiantly spearheaded efforts to stop elephant poaching.
“Conservation has lost a true visionary. W”
Richard Leakey led expeditions that helped shed new light on the scientific understanding of human evolution, and which aided proving humankind evolved in Africa.
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