Distinctive moments in royal careers are defined by history, and we can look back on the official visit of the Duke of Cambridge in Israel and the West Bank as such a moment. It was not just that it was a premiere for a British Royal or that the political and religious sensitivities of the region were so acute. It was the way he treated himself and how it would affect the way he performed his royal role.
When Israel's ceremonial president, Reuven Rivlin, welcomed the Duke, he asked William to send a "peace message" to President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. And tell him it is time that it is time for us together to find the way to build trust. "That hit royal and Middle Eastern observers alike as an unusually political statement on a deliberately apolitical figure."
The next day, when Prince William of Abbas was received in Ramallah, the stakes were further increased. "On this occasion, I would like to have two First, we want to achieve peace with Israel, where the two countries live side by side with security and stability on the borders of 4 June [1
The Duke responded the same way the day before and sa He hopes for a "lasting peace in the region". Interestingly, I understood that Prince William did not feel the presidents were acting improperly with their protocol break. In fact, ignoring politics in such a highly charged region would have been inappropriate.
William was closely involved in the itinerary of the tour and for him it was about finding the right balance. He was there to listen, learn, and highlight issues that he considered important, while never articulating or promoting a political view.
The most notable moment of the visit was a speech delivered by the Duke to a reception for Palestinian and Jerusalem representatives at the residence of the British Consul General in Jerusalem on Wednesday. "My message tonight is that you were not forgotten," he said. "It has been a very powerful experience to meet you and other Palestinians in the West Bank and hear your stories, and I hope that through my being here and understanding the challenges you face, the relationships of friendship and mutual respect between strengthen the Palestinian and British people. "
This part of the speech was added at the last minute. This usually happens with long-planned royal commitments – least of all when the subject is so sensitive and profound. I was not at the front desk, but I was told by several people that the guests were particularly impressed by his comments, including a group from Gaza, whom the Duke spent extensively with him.
"He spoke to us as a Palestinian at Her Majesty's Consulate in East Jerusalem," said the late Abu Ramadan, one of the guests who had come from Gaza. "It will be very effective for ears, hearts and minds." The misery in Gaza is a sense of abandonment, the feeling of being orphans, it is very important for a member of the royal family to take the time and effort to help us to remember and to say that one is not left alone. "
For William, it had come so spontaneously and to the point of age in his royal career. His grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is worshiped around the world for the way she has stayed out of politics during her long reign. His father, the Prince of Wales, occasionally commented on well-publicized issues and provoked some backlash.