Prince William pays tribute to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
Prince Charles, Argentinian polo player Adolfo Cambiaso, Prince William and Vichai at the Chakravarty Cup Polo match in 2005 (Getty)

The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who tragically died in a helicopter crash, along with four others, on Saturday.

In a statement released by Kensington Palace, the Duke said: “My thoughts today are with the family and friends of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and all the victims of the terrible crash at Leicester City Football Club.

“I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years.

“He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes.

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“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.”

Mr Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (born Vichai Raksriaksorn) was the president of Ham Polo Club in London from 2008 to 2012, and Princes William and Harry have played in charity matches. 

Prince William is among those who have expressed their condolences to the victims of the helicopter crash. Others include Prime Minister Theresa May, Leicester City’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmiechel, Gary Lineker and rock band Kasabian.