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Cheers greet prince on trip to West Bank refugee camp

Doting dad: William chats with mothers of young children at a clinic in the camp PIC: PA

THE Duke of Cambridge was clapped and cheered yesterday as he visited a refugee camp to learn about the lives of Palestinians on the West Bank.

After meeting the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah he went to a school and clinic in the nearby Jalazone camp, which is home to 15,000 people.

The camp, first opened after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, is a regular flashpoint for clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces. Dozens of young men waited to film William on their phones.

Handshake: Duke and Mahmoud Abbas PIC: AP

When he emerged from the clinic, they clapped and cheered as he walked down the street, looking at shops and homes.

Inside the medical centre, the prince, whose youngest son Louis is just two months old, met mothers waiting to have their babies vaccinated. Cooing over one-month-old Naifa as she was given her jabs, he said: ‘So tiny to have injections.’

Earlier, Mr Abbas told William he hoped his homeland would be a fully independent state by the time the prince returned to the Middle East.

William is the first member of the royal family to make an official trip to the Palestinian territories. The previous day, Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin asked him to take a ‘message of peace’ to Mr Abbas. The prince also visited Jordan during his five-day Middle East tour.

■ FUNDING for senior members of the royal family leapt by 41 per cent to £5million in the year of Harry and Meghan’s wedding and the birth of Prince Louis on April. Clarence House accounts for 2017-2018 also showed Prince Charles’s annual income from the Duchy of Cornwall rose five per cent to £21.7million and his tax bill rose two per cent to nearly £4.9million. The cost of official travel by air and rail was £1million for the year.