Tuesday 11 December 2018

Prince William shares details about Kate Middleton's childhood in Jordan during Middle East tour

Kate Middleton and Prince William, left, and Kate Middleton with sister Pippa and father Michael in Jordan as a child, right
Kate Middleton and Prince William, left, and Kate Middleton with sister Pippa and father Michael in Jordan as a child, right
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive to visit a cancer research center on July 20, 2017 in Heidelberg, southern Germany. The British royal couple is on a three-day visit in Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Christoph Schmidt / Germany OUT
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Prince George plays with a toy knife as he sits with his mother Kate Middleton, whilst his father Prince William takes part in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club, Downfarm House, Westonbirt, Tetbury. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave following the Easter Mattins Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Windsor. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 1, 2018. Photo credit should read: Simon Dawson/PA Wire
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit SportsAid to undertake engagements celebrating the Commonwealth at the Copperbox Arena on March 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton with her sister Pippa and father Michael in Jordan in 1984. The picture was released as a courtesy of the Middleton family in the run up to Kate's 2011 wedding.
Britain's Prince William arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte after his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son, in London, April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Tony Jones

The Duchess of Cambridge "loved" living in Jordan as a young child, her husband has revealed as he chatted to a charity boss who knew her old home.

The Duke of Cambridge talked about his wife's fondness for the country as he visited Jordan at the start of a major five-day tour of the Middle East.

Kate's family moved to Jordan in May 1984 when she was aged two and her sister Pippa was just eight months old, after father Michael, a British Airways manager, relocated to the Jordanian capital of Amman for work.

At a reception at the British ambassador to Jordan's residence in Amman, William met Rania Malki, chief executive of Save The Children in Jordan.

Kate Middleton with her sister Pippa and father Michael in Jordan in 1984. The picture was released as a courtesy of the Middleton family in the run up to Kate's 2011 wedding.
Kate Middleton with her sister Pippa and father Michael in Jordan in 1984. The picture was released as a courtesy of the Middleton family in the run up to Kate's 2011 wedding.

The charity boss said she knew the house where the duchess lived while she was in Jordan because it is now the home of her children's paediatrician.

"No way!", the duke replied. "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 while her parents were in the country for almost three years, before they returned to Berkshire in 1986.

A picture of a young duchess with her father and sister at the famous Roman ruins at the Jordanian city of Jerash was released before her 2011 wedding.

During the reception, which marked the Queen's birthday, William spoke about the duchess: "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."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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