Prince William to visit tragic Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's son as he 'knows devastation of losing parent in public eye'

Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died when their helicopter came down outside the King Power Stadium on October 27 after a match against West Ham United.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit the site of the fatal crash before meeting players and staff.

The Duke of Cambridge previously said he was lucky to have known Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, describing him as a dedicated family man.

The 36-year-old, whose mum Diana died in a car crash in Paris when he was just 15, will tell Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's son Aiyawatt, 33, known as “Top”, how he was personally struck by the tragic accident last month.

A source at the Premier League club said: “Prince William wants of offer some world of comfort, man to man, and he knows how devastating it is to lose a parent in the cruellest way and amid the gaze of the world.

“He knew Vichai through their links and love of football and polo and he is a trained helicopter pilot too.

“He wants to pay his respects, firstly to Top and then to club players, officials and volunteers who helped with the sea of tributes”.

Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, will tell Top how his dad will be sorely missed by all fans and “everyone lucky enough to have known him”.

The Duke paid tribute to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha following the crash, describing him as "a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes."

William added: "He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City's magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world.

"He will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him."

Kensington Palace said: "Their Royal Highnesses knew the club chairman and wanted to visit the city to recognise the warmth and compassion that the people of Leicester and fans of Leicester City have shown in reaction to the accident."



Wills and Kate will visit the tribute site near the stadium before meeting players including striker Jamie Vardy and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who ran towards the wreckage of the crash.

The royal couple will then meet club staff and volunteers who helped to relocate the thousands of tributes which were left outside the stadium following the accident.

Afterwards, the Duke and Duchess will visit King Power Stadium itself, where they will meet with representatives from local charities that were supported by Khun Vichai.

They will hear how his support enabled the charities to improve the lives of people in the wider Leicester community.



Following the stadium visit, the Duke and Duchess will move on to the University of Leicester to hear about some of the educational programmes the club has helped to support.

This includes a £1m donation made by Khun Vichai in May 2018, which will be used to help fund medical research and training at the University through the creation of a Professorship in Child Health.

Leicester City Vice Chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha said: “It is truly an honour for everyone associated with the club to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to King Power Stadium.

“For Their Royal Highnesses to visit the city to pay their respects personally is a remarkable gesture of compassion to the families of those who lost their lives, to the staff and players of the club and to the people of the city whose lives were touched by my father.

“Together with our community partners, we intend to showcase some of the best of Leicester – both in the way the city has come together in the face of such tragedy and in the great work we will continue to undertake in my father’s name as part of our commitment to his legacy.”

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