Princess Catherine gracefully brushes off heckler during visit to Northern Ireland

Oct 07, 2022
Kate politely smiled and shook the heckler's hand before greeting over members of the public. Source: Getty

Catherine, Princess of Wales, has proven once again that she is the embodiment of beauty and grace after being met by a woman who called her out for not being in her “own country” during a visit to Northern Ireland.

The 40-year-old mother of three was greeting members of the public outside Carrickfergus Castle on Thursday, October 6, when she was confronted by a local  who shook her hand and said, “nice to meet you, but it would be better if it was when you were in your own country.”

Keeping her cool, Kate gracefully smiled at the woman and gave a polite laugh before stepping away to greet the other people who gathered by the barricade.

However, the heckler wasn’t done as she was then overheard saying “Ireland belongs to the Irish.”

Luckily for Kate, the next local resident she met was Laura-Ann and her baby boy, Barney, who gave the Princess a much warmer greeting.

Unlike the unknown heckler, Laura-Ann was so overwhelmed with joy she decided to share her meeting with the Princess on Instagram, writing she needed “a lie down from all the excitement.”


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Despite her unwelcomed encounter in Northern Ireland, Kate has had a string of successful royal engagements in the past couple of days.

Just a day before her trip to Northern Ireland Kate attended her first solo engagement as Princess of Wales, where she snugged a newborn baby as she carried out her Royal duties.

Kate, who’s known for her love of children, visited the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s maternity unit on Wednesday, October 5, to hear about their exemplary standard of care for mothers from pregnancy to birth.

Prior to that, she was melting hearts across Wales after she was spotted bonding with local Welsh children during her first trip back to the country with her husband, Prince William.

Kate clearly enjoys spending time with young children, with William even joking about his wife being clucky after the couple visited a primary school earlier this May.

“Can you get my wife out of here before she gets broody?” William quipped, his joke referring back to the time Kate visited the University of Copenhagen in Denmark where she met with parents and their babies and admitted it made her “very broody.”

“William always worries about me meeting under one-year-olds. I come home saying, ‘Let’s have another one’,” she said.

Nicknamed “the children’s Princess”, Kate has dedicated the majority of her work to early childhood development and pregnancy.

She is a patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2018 and has launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Learning which focuses on providing the best care from pregnancy to five years old.

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