Kate told shes not in her own country in Northern Ireland confrontation

Kate Middleton has been given a bitter welcome to Northern Ireland by a fiercely patriotic woman.

The new Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting north Belfast where in typical royal fashion they have been shaking hands with members of the public awaiting their arrival on the other side of a barrier.

One woman took it upon herself to remind the couple where they were and despite the Union between Britain and Northern Ireland, insisted the nation was not the Royal Family's, The Mirror reports.

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The proud Irishwoman told Kate: “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.”

Hundreds of people had lined the Marine Highway in Carrickfergus as the Prince and Princess of Wales continue their visit to the Co Antrim town

The royal couple shared an image of the meet and greet on their Instagram page but appeared to crop the woman who made the comment to Kate out of the photograph.

And Kate also exchanged a beaming smile with baby Barney, who showed his teddy off to the princess, who recognised the stuffed toy before commenting: "I recognise those… our kiddy’s have quite a few of those."

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Barney is son of Laura-Ann, a prominent Instagrammer with 172,000 followers, and a keen royalist to boot.

William and Kate were taking part in a walkabout along the seafront to meet local people.

They exchanged a number of handshakes and fist-bumps with local schoolchildren who had waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

Earlier, they visited a local charity and were then greeted by the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Noel Williams.

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The late Queen had given William and Kate the titles Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus on the morning of their wedding in 2011.

William and Kate have also spent the day learning about the work of Carrick Connect, which offers support services to local young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties.

The royal couple were told about some of the projects the organisation is currently implementing in the community, and meeting with their team of mentors and some of the young people who benefit from the projects.

And the couple got stuck into a spirited cocktail-making race at an outdoor market in Belfast city centre this afternoon.

The next-in-line-to-the-throne and his wife laughed during the duel to be the quickest to make the potent drink, before William was declared the winner.

The prince and princess visited Trademarket on the second stop of the day during a visit to Northern Ireland.

They met with local entrepreneur, Will Neill, and heard about his aim to showcase new businesses while also increasing footfall in a less visited area of the city centre.

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