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2011-04-26 08:42
Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal man has scored what even Tony Blair could not - an invitation to Prince William's wedding on Friday.

Underberg pilot Charlie Strachan, who works for Kenya-based Tropic Air, was invited to the wedding after he befriended the prince two years ago in Kenya.

His brother, Kelvin, said on Monday by telephone from the Splashy Fen music festival, "He's already in London, but I have the invitation here."


He said his brother got to know William while hiking on Mount Kenya. "The prince was a guest of the Craig family."

Ian Craig is co-owner of the Rutundu bush camp, at an altitude of about 3 100m above sea level on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

William visited the camp a few times and in October last year became engaged to Kate Middleton at one of the camp's two log cabins.

Rutundu is known for its hiking trails and flyfishing.

According to an article in British newspaper The Sun, William wrote in the guestbook that it was fun being back and that he was looking forward to another visit.

Invitation for one

Middleton wrote that it was a pity they had caught no fish but that it was fun trying.

"I am crazy about the warm fires and candle light – so romantic," she wrote.

Charles Strachan met Prince William during one of his previous visits.

Strachan worked for Tropic Air, a for-hire airline in Kenya that specialised in flights over the northern parts of the country.

Kelvin Strachan said his brother had received an invitation for one person.

"He is very much looking forward to the wedding."
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