Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge has flown to Amman – Jordan for the start of his five-day visit and was met by Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II the crowned prince.
One of the places he will visit include Fablab in Amman, an initiative set up under the Crown Prince Foundation that gives young people the training and technology they need to pursue business projects.
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William will also deliver a speech at a Queen’s birthday party at the British ambassador’s residence.
On Monday he will visit the Roman archaeological site at Jerash, and he will also meet Syrian refugees who have been helped by a charity supported by UNICEF.
It is predicted that Prince William will have a challenging week as he moves on to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories from Jordan later in the week.
This is the first official visit to those areas by a member of the British Royal Family, and follows recent violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians around the Gaza Strip.
Talking about the aspirations for the trip, the duke’s communications secretary acknowledged the “complex challenges” in the region.
The aide added “the non-political nature of His Royal Highness’s role – in common with all royal visits overseas – allows the spotlight to be brought to bear on the people of the region: their cultures, their young people, their aspirations, and their experiences”.
The prince will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Britain continues to support the international consensus for a two-state solution to end the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Recall that violence broke out in May after America moved its embassy to Jerusalem.
The UK has confirmed it has no plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
Tom Tugendhat, head of the foreign affairs select committee, told Sky News that “having the Duke of Cambridge going around there isn’t about reasserting a position or claiming a place”.
The visit by the Prince will have been carefully choreographed to allow the prince to spend equal time with both Israelis and Palestinians, but it won’t stop every part of his five-day trip from being heavily scrutinized.