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The Duke broke this this royal travel ban to Israel for a good reason

During the past 70 years, the Royal Family has never officially visited Israel. However, there have been multiple occasions in which The Duke of Edinburgh has broken this rule.

According to the Independent, the Foreign Office feared that allowing a member of the royal family to set foot in the country back in 1994, would be viewed as condoning the occupation of the Arab sector which the UK deemed illegal.

There have, though, been a couple of occasions in which this rule has been broken by Prince Phillip.

The prince arrived in the country back in 1994 to attend a Yad Vashem ceremony honouring his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.

The Princess saved Jews during the Holocaust by allowing them to seek refuge in her palace in Greece.

Princess Alice died in 1969 and was first buried in St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Later, as per her request, she was moved to the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem to be near her Aunt Elizabeth.

The long-standing ban between the countries has been in place since 1948 and dates back to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine.

Although this coolness was taken to be hostile behaviour, the Foreign Office insisted the ban was necessary and acted as a disapproval of Israel’s policies.

Following in his father’s footsteps, another royal visit to Israel was swept under the rug when Prince Charles made a similar trip in 2007 and then later 2016.

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Prince Philip on his visit to Israel

The Royal family can’t really go there

Attending to the funeral of Shimon Peres, the British government made it clear that these were personal trips and that this was not to be taken as a political statement.

“The Royal family can’t really go there,” a British government source told Telegraph in 2015.

“In Israel, so much politics is caught up in the land itself that it’s best to avoid those complications altogether by not going there.”

In keeping these visits as low profile trips, both Princes were able to go visit the grave of princess Alice.

However, after years of rejected invitations, The Duke of Cambridge announced earlier this month that he will make an official state visit later this year.

So will the formality of this trip officially end the Royal travel rule?

Kensington Palace released a statement to say that the formal visit was “at the request of Her Majesty’s government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities.”

Despite Prince Phillip’s secret trips, the Israeli media have reportedly offered many royal invitations but up until now, none have been accepted.

In a report by the Guardian, another Palestinian official explained that the visit is an opportunity for the Duke of Cambridge to see for himself the UK’s role in the conflict.

They said: “We hope that his visit will be a chance to see the realities on the ground.”

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