KATE Middleton and Prince William beamed as they arrived to meet Muslim spiritual leader the Aga Khan today ahead of their trip to Pakistan.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in central London for the special event, hosted by the 82-year-old billionaire philanthropist.

Kate Middleton looked stunning in a long teal dress today
Kate Middleton looked stunning in a long teal dress today
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The Duchess of Cambridge will head to Pakistan later this month
The Duchess of Cambridge will head to Pakistan later this month
James Whatling

The couple, both 37, will head to Pakistan in two weeks’ time – marking the first royal trip to the country in more than a decade.

As part of today’s engagement, Kate and William will speak with the Aga Khan.

His highness the Aga Khan is the 49th hereditary imam of the world’s 20 million Shia Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed.

Worth an incredible £800m, he is known for his tireless work in the community.

Also known to be friends with the Queen, the royal will today speak with Kate and Prince William at the Aga Khan Centre ahead of their trip to Pakistan from October 14 to 18.

Their Pakistan trip, requested by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, comes after Prince Charles and Camilla’s last tour of the country in 2006.

Princess Diana had also travelled to Pakistan in 1996.

Pakistan previously welcomed news of the trip, with ambassador to Britain Nafees Zakaria tweeting: “Upcoming Royal visit reflects the importance UK attaches to Pakistan. Both countries enjoy historical links and wish to strengthen them further.”

ROYAL LEGAL ACTION

It comes as Prince Harry revealed his wife Meghan Markle had launched legal action against the Mail on Sunday.

In a lengthy statement published on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s website, Harry alleged the paper had “unlawfully” published a letter from her to her father Thomas Markle.

Meghan Markle insists the letter – which detailed her pain at their estrangement since the Royal Wedding – was private.

In a statement revealing the legal action, Prince Harry claimed the couple were suffering from the “painful” impact of “relentless propaganda” against Meghan.


The statement appeared to break unofficial protocol by discussing personal matters while in the middle of a Royal tour.

And it is unclear whether The Queen formally sanctioned the statement or its timing.

The outpouring comes after a string of stories about the Royal couple including charges of hypocrisy over Harry and Meghan campaigning for climate change while using private jets and Harry attending a Google conference on board a mega-yacht.


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