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Prince William, Jordan prince watch England thrash Panama in replay

Duke of Cambridge has chance to bond with Jordan’s Hussein bin Abdullah as he begins Middle East tour

Britain's Prince William gives a speech during a birthday party in honor of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the residence of the British ambassador in the Jordanian capital Amman on 24 June, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD ABDO)
Britain's Prince William gives a speech during a birthday party in honor of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the residence of the British ambassador in the Jordanian capital Amman on 24 June, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD ABDO)

AMMAN, Jordan — As England trounced Panama 6-1 on Sunday Prince William, the president of the Football Association, was flying into Jordan for a historic Middle East tour.

The Duke of Cambridge missed the momentous game that helped England ease into the World Cup last 16 but caught a replay at the home of his host Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah.

The heir to the Jordanian throne posted pictures on his Instagram account late Sunday showing him and William watching a replay of the game on a huge flat television screen.

The pair are seen sitting on a couch in what appears to be a recreation room in Beit al-Ordon, the private residence of Jordan’s royal family in the Hummar district west of Amman.

A devoted Aston Villa fan, William, 36, is wearing beige pants and a tie-less sky blue shirt, while 23-year-old Hussein is wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt and jeans.

“Having a relaxing evening with His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after his first day in #OurJordan,” Hussein wrote in a caption that accompanied one of two pictures of the pair.

“Watching the replay of the England game that we missed earlier today,” says another caption showing the cavernous room where the two princes are watching the game.

William arrived Saturday in Jordan at the start of a Middle East tour that will see him become the first British royal to pay official visits to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The visit by the second in line to the British throne has been billed as a chance to bond with Hussein, a fellow graduate of Britain’s Royal Sandhurst Military Academy.

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