The Queen’s former pilot and the first captain to fly Concorde from London to New York has been found dead alongside his wife in a suspected murder-suicide.
Tony Meadows, 84, and his wife Paula, 83, were found dead at their £800,000 home in leafy Bucklebury, Berkshire – less than three miles from the £5m home of the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents.
Residents told MailOnline Mr Meadows was ‘fit as a flea’ and ‘devoted’ to his wife of 60 years, who had dementia.
They say Mrs Meadows depended on her husband, who acted as her carer.
The couple’s former daughter-in-law Katherine Meadows confirmed the news this morning, telling MailOnline it was a ‘very difficult time for the family’.
Mr Meadows was part of the flight crew on the first London to New York Concorde flight for British Airways in December 1977 and was then at the controls of the inaugural Concorde flight to Singapore, two weeks later.
He was also a pilot for Princess Diana, and flew the Queen on Concorde in 1979.
Mr Meadows started as a mathematician, before signing up for National Service in the Royal Air Force and going on to work as a Concorde Pilot. He is pictured here with the Concorde Alpha at Heathrow Airport
Detectives say they are treating the incident as murder but not looking for anyone else.
Forensic teams remain at the scene of the couple’s £800,000 home today.
A long time friend of the couple told MailOnline: ‘I heard the news this morning from a member of the family, who you can imagine are absolutely devastated.
‘Tony was devoted to Paula, they’d been married for such a long time, probably more than 60-years.
‘She had dementia which had gotten steadily worse the older she got. Tony would often take her for a walk around the country lanes on a sunny day.
‘I’d stop and chat if I saw them but although I’d known her for years, recently Paula didn’t seem to recognise me.