Woman tells Kate Middleton she's not in her 'own country' during visit to Northern Ireland

The Prince and Princess of Wales are in Northern Ireland for a day-long visit to the region

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Kate Middleton has been challenged by a woman who suggested she was not in her "own country" during her and Prince William's trip to Belfast.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are in Northern Ireland for a day-long visit to the region.

William and Kate are fulfilling a number of engagements with cross-community organisations that provide support to people from all backgrounds.

When meeting members of the public on her visit to Northern Ireland, the Princess of Wales was challenged by a woman who suggested Kate was not in her own country.

The exchange unfolded when Kate and William were undertaking an impromptu meet and greet with people in north Belfast.

The Princess of Wales was challenged by a woman she shook hands with during a walkabout in Carrickfergus as part of a visit to Northern Ireland.
The Princess of Wales was challenged by a woman she shook hands with during a walkabout in Carrickfergus as part of a visit to Northern Ireland.
The Prince and Princess of Wales meet members of the public during a visit to Carrick Connect, a youth charity based in Carrickfergus which offers support services to local young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties, as part of a visit to Northern Ireland.
The Prince and Princess of Wales meet members of the public during a visit to Carrick Connect, a youth charity based in Carrickfergus which offers support services to local young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties, as part of a visit to Northern Ireland.

While shaking hands with the princess, the woman 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 mobile phone, added: “Ireland belongs to the Irish.”

Lord mayor Tina Black and Sinn Fein MP for the constituency John Finucane were among those who welcomed the royal couple on arrival.

They also met with representatives from Kainos, a Belfast-based software company 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.

The royal couple were greeted by cheering crowds who had lined the streets as they arrived to visit youth charity Carrick Connect which offers support services to local young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties.