How Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal tour of Pakistan compared to Harry and Meghan’s trip to Africa
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How Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal tour of Pakistan compared to Harry and Meghan’s trip to Africa

Kate Middleton and Prince William just wrapped up a five-day tour of Pakistan, just weeks after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry returned from their own tour of Africa.While both couples carried out official royal duties on behalf of the Queen, both had different approaches to this throughout their tours.For instance, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle published a detailed tour itinerary weeks ahead of their visit, Middleton and William’s plans were kept secret for security reasons. Both couples used the tour to honor the late Princess Diana. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a five-day tour of Pakistan this week, just weeks after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex completed their own royal tour of Africa.While both couples took working visits on behalf of the Queen, the ways in which they carried out these trips were drastically different.Read more: Every time Kate Middleton paid tribute to Pakistan with her royal tour wardrobeA Kensington Palace spokesperson said that Kate Middleton and Prince William’s visit to Pakistan was their “most complex tour” to date “given the logistical and security considerations.”This was due to tensions between Pakistan and India over Kashmir which made “the region unstable,” former royal protection officer Simon Morgan told Insider.Kate and William’s tour itinerary was kept secret, while Harry and Meghan’s was published weeks in advanceFor this reason, Middleton and William’s tour itinerary was not made available to the public. This is a complete contrast to the information provided when other royals visit safer regions, such as Harry and Markle’s trip to Africa.Buckingham Palace published a detailed schedule weeks in advance of Harry and Markle’s tour, which detailed exact locations they planned to visit, when these visits would take place, and in some cases, the method of travel they would use to get to certain locations.This level of secrecy was also extended to William and Middleton’s royal press team, who were travelling on the same private flight from Lahore to Islamabad when the aircraft had to abort landing due to a “terrifying electrical storm.”Read more: Prince William and Kate Middleton’s plane was forced to abort landing due to a ‘terrifying electrical storm’ in Pakistan

Prince William and Kate Middleton in Pakistan.
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The storm meant the couple were forced to spend an extra night in Lahore instead of Islamabad, something royal correspondent Rebecca English says the press were forbidden to disclose until the following morning for security reasons.”There are a lot more factors you have to consider, compared to
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