Prince William meets Israel’s Netanyahu as diplomatic storm rages over Jerusalem

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The British Government has asked the Duke of Cambridge to make the trip.

He will stay in Jerusalem at the King David Hotel, the former headquarters of the British administration during the mandate in Palestine before the creation of Israel in 1948.

He noted with pride that his great-grandmother had been recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations, the highest honour Israel grants to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev is guiding Prince William through the memorial's exhibitions detailing the death of six million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II. The princess died in 1969, and in 1988 her remains were brought to Jerusalem.

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Mr Rivlin said: "I know you are going to meet President Abbas".

Britain captured Palestine from the Ottoman empire in 1917 during World War One and administered the territory under global mandate until 1948, pulling out a day before Israel declared independence.

Following his trip to Yad Vashem, where he toured the museum, laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance, and met two survivors from the Kindertransport, William wrote in the guest book that his visit was "profoundly moving".

On Monday, the 36-year-old royal went to the very same archaeological site that a young Kate Middleton visited in Jordan to recreate a family photo taken more than 30 years ago.

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In a 1994 visit to Yad Vashem, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, planted a tree there in his mother's honor.

Although not confirmed, local Israeli media have been speculating about Prince William visiting the three major religious sites in Jerusalem; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, and the Western Wall. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their future capital.

Later in the day, William planned to meet young people participating in a soccer-based youth programme in Tel Aviv and deliver a speech at a reception at the British ambassador's residence.

The Foreign Office has said the prince's five-day Middle East tour, which began in Jordan, is non-political.

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