The royal dad has started his Middle East tour. On Sunday, Prince William was welcomed in Jordan by Crown Prince Hussein, who will be his host throughout the two-day stay in the country.
But, the Prince has revealed that wife, Kate, is “very upset” not to be with him on his five-day tour of the Middle East. And the reason is that the Duchess lived in Jordan as a child for around two years.
The Middleton family moved to Jordan in May 1984. At that time, Kate was two and her sister Pippa was eight months old. Michael Middleton was a manager for British Airways at the time and jumped at an opportunity to work for the company in the Jordanian capital.
And what a coincidence, William met with a charity boss during the first day of his tour. And apparently, she knew the exact house the Middletons used to live in.
Rania Malki, who’s a chief executive of Save The Children, in Jordan, told that she knew the house because it was now the home of her children’s pediatrician.
“No way!”, Prince William answered. “She will be thrilled. She loved it here, she really did. She is very upset that I am coming here without her.”
Kate went to an English language nursery school in Amman. Her mother Carole is understood to have been on extended maternity leave from her job as a BA stewardess.
The Middletons returned to their then home in Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, in September 1986. And Kate started school at St Andrews School in Pangbourne.
During the reception, which marked the Queen’s birthday, William spoke about why Kate was absent.
“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.”