Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Pakistan tour was branded the “most complex” yet for both its “logistical and security considerations”.
But the royal couple ripped up the timetable during the high-profile visit for an unscheduled intimate encounter with a family they saw by a roadside.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were traveling back from visiting a glacier in the Hindu Kush mountains when they spotted villagers, part of the Wakhi ethnic group.
According to reports, the Duchess asked to stop the car so she and William could meet them, at which point they were invited into the one-room home of one of the families.
Accompanied only by a translator, Kate and William learnt how they lived without running water and elecricity.
The family also told them they are confined to their home for half of the year due to snow, reports theMail on Sunday.
Taken aback by the encounter, the Duchess, a keen photographer, borrowed a Fujifilm camera to take a series of astonishing pictures.
She told the newspaper: “It was fantastic to meet these people living in such a remote place.
” They were so hospitable, offering William and me a cup of tea.
“It was a very special moment. They had no idea who we were, which gave us a chance to see a different side of Pakistan.”
Speaking about the visit to Broghil National Park on Wednesday, William revealed his wife took some great photos adding “she does a few portraits, but mostly landscapes”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s five-day tour of the country finished on Friday.
Other recently released photos showKate playing cricket with childrenat the SOS Children’s Village, an orphanage in Lahore.
The Duke and Duchess had returned to the village on the last day of their tour after they were forced to stay overnight in the Punjab capital.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Pakistan Royal Tour
The RAF Voyager plane carrying the couple had to abort two landings in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Thursday and turn back to Lahore following a thunderstorm.
According to royal sources, the duchess was particularly keen to return to the organization, which provides support to more than 150 orphans in boarding houses.