Prince William heartbreak: Duke tweets rare personal tribute to 'inspirational' hero

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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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