Prince William to Miss Easter Morning With Princess Charlotte, Prince George

PHOTO: Kate and William pose for a Christmas card with George and Charlotte.Chris Jelf
Kate and William pose for a Christmas card with George and Charlotte.

Prince William is in Kenya and will miss Easter morning this Sunday with his two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The Easter Bunny will need to rely on the children's devoted mom, Kate, until the Duke of Cambridge returns later Sunday.

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Kensington Palace confirmed to ABC News that the future British king is spending several days in Kenya for the Easter weekend on a "private trip." The Duke of Cambridge spent his first day in Kenya today meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, discussing defense security and conservation issues.

"The meeting is taking place at the request of Her Majesty's Government, and His Royal Highness is pleased to have the opportunity to meet the President while he is in Kenya," Kensington Palace said in a statement.

Prince William is reportedly spending the private portion of his trip attending the wedding of his old flame, Jecca Craig. Prince William spent his gap year in Kenya at Craig's family's Lewa Conservancy and Craig was his first young love.

William has always remained close to the family, with Craig's dad, Ian, playing a fatherly role in the Duke of Cambridge's life. Craig's father has been instrumental in guiding William and developing his interest in conservation and anti-poaching efforts.

When William decided to propose to his wife of nearly five years, he returned to Kenya to pop the question to Duchess Kate.

The Duke, who is president of United For Wildlife, will spend the remainder of today "seeing first-hand some of the longstanding conservation and anti-poaching initiatives taking place in Kenya, which are supported by Tusk Trust, the charity of which he is Royal Patron," according to Kensington Palace.

Prince William will also watch vets administer radio tracking collars to elephants and meet with rangers at the Lewa Conservancy, whose goal is protecting rhino populations from poaching.

The three-and-a-half day trip is downtime for William from his work as an East Anglia air ambulance pilot. William was photographed yesterday staying at a patient's side after assisting in a rescue.

When William returns from Kenya, he and Kate have a busy April ahead. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will represent Her Majesty's government in India and Bhutan in mid-April.

The family recently returned from a brief ski trip to the Alps where they were able to enjoy some quality time away from the spotlight.