The Duke of Cambridge has embarked on his historic five-day tour of the Middle East, and has disclosed that the Duchess of Cambridge was “very upset” to miss out on his visit to Jordan because holds very fond memories of the country after living there as a child.
According to Hello! during a reception at the British ambassador to Jordan's residence in the capital of Amman, Rania Malki, chief executive of Save The Children in Jordan, told Prince William that she knew the house that the Middleton family had lived in, as it’s currently the home of her children’s paediatrician.
"No way!" William is reported to have responded to the connection, before adding: “She will be thrilled. She loved it here, she really did. She is very upset that I am coming here without her.”
Kate and her family relocated to Jordan’s capital in May 1984 because her father Michael was working as a British Airways manager at the time. Kate was two and sister Pippa was just eight months.
The Middletons stayed for three years before returning to Berkshire, with Kate attending an English language nursery. A picture of the Duchess aged four posing next to the famous Roman ruins with her father and sister was released in the run up to her royal wedding to William in 2011.
The Duke of Cambridge visits Jerash, the same site that The Duchess of Cambridge visited, aged 4, with her sister and father when the family lived in Jordan. pic.twitter.com/PMoFrr4Snt- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 25, 2018
Meanwhile, William was given a tour by Jordan's Crown Prince Hussein of the preserved first century Roman city of Jerash, and when he reached the spot where the picture of Kate, Michael and Pippa had been taken, he was greeted by a 2ft by 3ft enlargement of the image.
According to The Telegraph, the 36-year-old royal reportedly laughed at the surprise photo, and pointing to Michael in the snap, joked to the Crown Prince: "Michael's looking very smart in his flip-flops”.
Prince William in one of those random moments you only get on a royal tour - standing at the rock where his wife played as a child 30 years earlier. And a giant picture of that moment for posterity! #RoyalVisitJordan pic.twitter.com/F4WSL8LZOe- Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) June 25, 2018
After recreating the picture himself with the Crown Prince, William said: "Need to come back with the family for this shot.”
Speaking at the reception earlier, the Duke had referenced Kate’s absence – she’s currently on maternity leave after welcoming Prince Louis in April – explaining: "My wife Catherine is very sorry she cannot be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis, but her family remembers very fondly the almost three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman.
"Catherine's experience is not unique - the interchange between our two countries is real and deep: work, study, tourism and family links. Our historic ties and friendship are played out in the lives of thousands of people who consider both countries home."
During his royal tour, William will become the first official royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
From: Good Housekeeping UK
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