Britain's Prince William heads for historic Middle East tour

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Prince William flies to Jordan Sunday on a trip that will see him become the first member of Britain's royal family to pay an official visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

But no immediate member of the royal family has made an official visit to Israel since its establishment in 1948, nor to the Palestinian territories.

After William's arrival Sunday afternoon, the two princes visited a technology lab for digital manufacturing, supported by the Crown Prince Foundation.

The Duke of Cambridge was greeted by Crown Prince Hussein, the son of Jordan's King Abdullah II, at the airport in Jordan's capital, Amman. He is meeting with young scientists, refugees and political leaders in a tumultuous region Britain controlled between the two world wars.

The Palace shared photos of William sitting beside 23-year-old Crown Prince Al-Hussein in a huge room within the king's palace, complete with giant flat screen TV and a baseball glove armchair.

A Jordanian army officer inspects the honour guard in preparation for the arrival of Prince William. "She is very upset that I am coming here without her".

He'll meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah at a time of widening rifts between the two sides.

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This trip is coming at a time of unprecedented trade and cooperation between Israel and the United Kingdom, even as significant political differences between London and Jerusalem persist, witnessed by Kensington Palace's announcement last week that William's visit to the Mount of Olives will be part of his visit to the "Occupied Palestinian Territories".

Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich went a step further, calling upon Netanyahu to prevent the British royal from visiting the Old City as part of his visit to the Palestinian Authority, as long as the Palace defines it as occupied Palestinian territory.

The visit comes at a particularly volatile time after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel and moved Washington's embassy there, sparking Arab outrage and deadly clashes.

The monarchy has for decades taken a hands-off approach to the ultra-sensitive region, imposing strict restrictions on official visits to Israel due to political sensitivities surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and territorial disputes, including over east Jerusalem. Hussein, Abdullah and Crown Prince Hussein all attended Sandhurst, the British military academy, as did William.

William, traveling without his wife, Kate (Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge) - who gave birth to their third child at the end of April - started his five-day regional tour in Jordan on Sunday.

According to Kensington Palace, during his five-day visit, Prince William "is looking forward to building a real and enduring relationship with the people of the region".

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