The engagement of Hussein, Crown Prince of Jordan, a close friend of William, is cause for celebration for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Hussein and Ms. Rajwa Khaled bin Musaed bin Saif bin Abdulaziz Al Saif were set to get married on Wednesday, according to the Jordan Palace. Both families were present for the engagement, which was held at the father’s residence in Riyadh. The happy couple could be seen beaming in pictures posted by the Palace to Instagram as they celebrated the news.
Hussein and William have a close relationship; in fact, the Crown Prince hosted the Duke during his Middle Eastern tour in 2018.
William was even invited by Hussein to watch England play in the World Cup at his house. Due to prior commitments, the royal missed the live game, but the pair watched a taped version.
Queen Rania, who serves on the council for the Duke’s Earthshot Prize, and William are also close friends.
Since moving there with her family in 1984 when she was only two years old, Kate has strong ties to Jordan. British Airways manager Michael Middleton, her father, had moved to Amman for employment reasons.
Jordan clearly holds a special place in the royal couple’s hearts because they have vacationed there with their kids and even used pictures from their trip to decorate cards for Father’s Day and Christmas.
After graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2017, Crown Prince Hussein joined the army and made history by becoming the youngest person to ever preside over a Security Council meeting at the UN. He is a graduate of the prestigious Georgetown University in the United States.
The Crown Prince, who will one day succeed to the throne, has already assumed a number of official royal responsibilities in recent years, including filling in for his father earlier this year while the King underwent spinal surgery.
Additionally, he is the founder and president of the Crown Prince Foundation, which was established to support local youth in “employing their full potential and creativity.”
He actively participates in all of the programs run by his foundation, from assisting with the Al Hussein Technical University’s establishment to giving hearing-impaired people cochlear implants to teaching high school students about leadership.