Prince William has expressed hope for “lasting peace” between Israelis and Palestinians during a visit to the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, told William during their meeting that he hoped his homeland would be a fully independent state by the next time he visited the Middle East.
The duke ended the day with a speech at the British consul-general’s residence in Jerusalem, in which he told Palestinians: “My message tonight is that you have not been forgotten … I hope that through my being here and understanding the challenges you face, the links of friendship and mutual respect between the Palestinian and British people will grow stronger.”
The prince is the first royal family member to make an official visit to the Palestinian Territories.
In Israel on Tuesday, President Reuven Rivlin urged him to take a “message of peace” to Mr Abbas. Mr Abbas told the prince that “the Palestinian side is committed to the peace process with the Israelis”.
Prince William said: “I’m very glad that our two countries work so closely together and have had success stories with education and relief work in the past. So, long may that continue. My sentiment’s the same as yours in hoping there’s a lasting peace for the region.”