MARK SHAND, Camilla Parker Bowles' brother has died  in a New York hospital after suffering a fatal head injury in a slip and fall.

According to a Royal spokesperson, Shand, 62, younger brother of the Duchess of Cornwall and brother-in-law to Prince Charles, died less than 24 hours after falling and smashing his head on the pavement of a city sidewalk. 

"It is with deep sadness that we have to confirm that the Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, has today passed away in New York," said a spokesman. 

UK tabs reported that Shand, a travel writer,  had exited an after-party following a charity event at Sotheby’s auction house to have a smoke.

He slipped whilst lighting up, smashing his head on the hard pavement, sources said.

While the sad news was delivered to Bowles and Prince Charles, he was placed on life support. Sadly, to no avail.