Irish nationalist tells Kate it’d be better to meet Princess in ‘your own country’


The Prince and Princess of Wales are in Northern Ireland for a day-long visit to the region. William and Kate have been carrying out a number of engagements with cross-community organisations.

The woman, who appeared to be videoing the exchange on a mobile phone, added: “Ireland belongs to the Irish.”

The princess kept her composure, smiled and continued chatting to royal fans.

William and Kate are carrying out a number of engagements with cross-community organisations providing support to people from all backgrounds.

They began with a visit to suicide prevention charity PIPS in north Belfast where Kate cradled a newborn baby.

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Kate, Princess of Wales, during a walkabout in Belfast (Image: ITV)

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The Princess of Wales meets well-wishers in Belfast (Image: Getty)

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Lord mayor Tina Black and Sinn Fein MP for the constituency John Finucane were among those who welcomed the royal couple on arrival. Inside, Elyse Quinn, 12, the daughter of the charity’s executive director Renee Quinn, presented the princess with a bouquet of flowers.

PIPS was founded in 2003 following the loss of 14 young people to suicide in Belfast over a short period of time the previous year.

Compelled to act, stakeholders from across the city came together to try to address the issue. During their visit, William and Kate spoke with staff about their work helping people at risk of suicide and self-harm.

During the visit, William and Kate, who was dressed in an all blue ensemble, spoke with staff about their work helping people at risk of suicide and self-harm.

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The Princess of Wales receives a flower bouquet during a visit to PIPS Suicide Prevention (Image: Getty)

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The Princess of Wales speaks as she meets with members of staff during the visit to PIPS (Image: Getty)

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisation has seen a significant rise in those reaching out for help.

That includes an increase of more than 500 percent among young people.

At the end of the visit, the prince and princess joined a group of volunteer counsellors in packing up the charity’s Little Boxes of Hope.

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The Princess of Wales during her visit to Carrickfergus Castle (Image: Getty)

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Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, on a walkabout at Carrickfergus Castle (Image: Getty)

After the visit to PIPS, the couple travelled into Belfast city centre to view Trademarket, a new outdoor street-food and retail market where they took part in a spirited cocktail making race.

William was declared the winner before the couple heard more about the Trademarket enterprise which transformed a previously vacant site, aiming to showcase new businesses while also increasing footfall in a less visited area.

They also met with representatives from Kainos, a Belfast-based software company which provided the site for the market at a peppercorn rent.

The final visit of the day was to the town of Carrickfergus in Co Antrim where the royal couple were greeted by cheering crowds who lined the streets as they arrived to visit youth charity Carrick Connect. It offers support services to young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties.

Communities in Northern Ireland have been strong supporters of the Royal Family with the death of Queen Elizabeth II having been deeply felt among loyalists and unionists.

King Charles III visited the region after the death of Britain’s longest serving monarch last month. The Sovereign met Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neill during the trip.

It came decades after his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1979. In 2015, the then Prince of Wales attended a service of reconciliation where he shook hands with Irish republican leader Gerry Adams and visited the place where Lord Mountbatten died.

Elizabeth II also made a historic visit to the Republic of Ireland, the first British monarch to do so since the country gained independence almost 100 years earlier. The late Queen laid a wreath at a monument to those who fought and died in the struggle for Irish independence.

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The Princess of Wales laughs with a volunteer during the visit to PIPS Suicide Prevention (Image: Getty)

During a dinner at Dublin Castle, the former centre of British rule in Ireland, Elizabeth II spoke a few words in Gaelic.

Her Majesty’s use of Gaelic to begin her speech drew a gasp of surprise and round of applause from guests. The language had been banned when Ireland was subject to British rule.


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