And that’s a wrap on the Duke of Cambridge’s Middle Eastern tour! As I noted last night, I haven’t been able to give this trip as much attention as it deserved, but the task handed to the second-in-line to the throne was a weighty one and there was ample room for him to inadvertently say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Historically, the British Royal Family’s stance on conflict between Israel and Palestine has been that they wouldn’t weigh in until a resolution had been reached – and while that’s very royal, it’s not particularly useful or reflective of reality.
William’s presence in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is a marked course-correction and he took on a jam-packed schedule full of intense, high-profile meetings without breaking a sweat. He did a wonderful job this week and now that it’s come to a close, I’m actually a bit grateful that the Duchess didn’t join him, even though she was missed. Handling this solo allowed the spotlight to remain on him, not Kate’s fashion or candid remarks about their children. This week, I think even his critics will have to agree, he appeared like a future monarch.