Kate accused of not being in her ‘own country’ during trip to Northern Ireland

Kate accused of not being in her 'own country' during trip to Northern Ireland

The Princess of Wales was accused of not being in her “own country” during a visit to Northern Ireland.

It happened when Kate and Prince William were meeting people on a walkabout in north Belfast.

A woman who shook hands with the princess said: “Nice to meet you, but it would be better if it was when you were in your own country.”

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

The prince and princess have been on a day-long trip to Northern Ireland, beginning at a suicide prevention charity in Belfast.

PIPS says it has experienced a significant increase in demand since the start of the COVID pandemic – including a 500% rise among young people.

It was founded in 2003 after 14 young people took their own lives over a short period the previous year.

The Princess of Wales speaks to a volunteer during a visit to PIPS Suicide Prevention (PIPS Charity) in Belfast which works across communities in the city and throughout Northern Ireland to provide crisis support for those at risk of suicide and self-harm, as part of the royal visit to Northern Ireland. Picture date: Thursday October 6, 2022.
The princess with a volunteer at the charity

Prince William and Kate, both 40, spoke to staff about their work helping people at risk of suicide and self-harm.

They also took part in an art therapy session, painting pumpkins with vulnerable children who have been supported by PIPS.

And the couple joined a group of volunteer counsellors as they packed up the charity’s Little Boxes of Hope.

As well as assisting children, the packages are designed to help parents and guardians, too.

The Princess of Wales in Carrickfergus on Thursday
The Princess of Wales in Carrickfergus on Thursday

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William, now heir to the throne, and Kate also visited a new outdoor street food and retail market in the city centre.

Trademarket, which opened its doors in July, offers artisan food, drinks and products from local, independent vendors.

The royals were pictured trying cocktails at one of the stalls.

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William and Kate race as they make cocktails

Cheering crowds later lined the streets as they arrived in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, to visit a youth charity.

They have been learning about the work of Carrick Connect, which offers support services to local young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties.

William and Kate met some of the young people who have benefitted and their mentors.