(JNS.org) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday congratulated the U.K.’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle on their engagement, and invited the couple to visit Israel for their honeymoon.
“Sending our warmest regards to Her Majesty the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, all the Royal Family & the British people, from Nechama & me, & all the Israeli people,” Rivlin tweeted. “We invite them to enjoy their honeymoon in Israel!”
Earlier on Monday, Clarence House announced that Harry, fifth in line to the British throne, would marry the American actress in the spring of 2018.
Although British royals have traveled to Israel in the past, none have ever visited the Jewish state in an official capacity.
British royal family member Prince Charles was in Israel in September 2016 for former Israeli statesman Shimon Peres’s funeral, but that was not billed as an official visit. Prince Charles used the occasion to secretly visit the grave of his grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, who is buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
In March, the U.K. nixed a scheduled trip to Israel by Prince Charles, in what would have been the first official British royal visit to the Jewish state since the country’s founding. The visit was reportedly cancelled to avoid aggravating diplomatic ties with Arab states.