Kate Middleton was confronted about not being in her “own country” during a surprise visit to Northern Ireland.
The Princess of Wales met with members of the public when a woman shook her hand and confronted her.
“Nice to meet you, but it would be better if it was when you were in your own country,” she said in a video obtained by PA Media.
Northern Ireland is in the United Kingdom such as England, Scotland and Wales. However, there has been conflict since England first occupied Ireland in the 17th century. In 1920, a law was passed that divided the country into Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, People magazine noted.
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When meeting members of the public on her visit to Northern Ireland, the Princess of Wales was challenged by a woman who suggested that Kate was not in her own country. pic.twitter.com/XtaIXFrn96
— PA Media (@PA) October 6, 2022
The British princess smiled, let go of the woman’s hand and continued waving to others in the crowd. The person who intervened, who filmed the encounter on her phone, replied: “Ireland belongs to the Irish.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales are on a day trip. It is his first visit to the country. since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
During their visit, the couple decided to switch things up by competing in a cocktail battle.
The couple, both in their 40s, visited Trademarket, a new outdoor street food and retail market in Belfast. The pair made their way behind the bar and engaged in a friendly competition to see who was the fastest to make a cocktail.
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After rushing to shake and pour their libations, the couple enjoyed a toast and a sip. Your Twitter account shared a video of the competition.
“Who did it better?” the subtitle said.
The couple is known to show their competitive side at times during royal outings.
After the contest, William and Middleton spoke with the vendors to learn how they have implemented measures to ensure the site is environmentally sustainable. This includes the elimination of single-use plastics.
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During their visit, the couple visited PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland (PIPS Charity), which aims to provide support to those at risk of self-harm. They met with the charity’s staff and advisers to find out how they are helping those struggling with their mental health, a cause they are known to champion. The couple also found out about the Carrick Connect tutoring service, which helps young people.
It is noted that the couple’s visit to Northern Ireland continues King Carlos III and Queen Camilla, who previously traveled to Belfast in the early days of his new reign. Following the queen’s passing, 73-year-old Charles vowed to tour the four nations of the UK.
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With their new royal titles, the couple have been raising awareness for their charitable causes. On Tuesday, William gave a speech on the scourge of poaching and illegal wildlife trade. On Wednesday, the couple met professionals and parents at a maternity unit in London.
The queen died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96 years old. After her death, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were named the new Prince and Princess of Wales.