A ‘brave’ ‘stood her ground’ while dealing with ‘uncomfortable’ heckling from a Northern Ireland protestor, a body language expert has claimed.
, 40, was speaking to members of the public at a walkabout in North yesterday .
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.’
Determined not to let it rattle her, a stunned Kate laughed and let go of the woman’s hand before continuing to smile and greet other members of the crowd.
Speaking to FEMAIL, body language expert Judi James said Kate has proven she will be a ‘gutsy’ Queen by simply taking the awkward encounter in her stride.
A ‘brave’ Princess of Wales ‘stood her ground’ while dealing with ‘uncomfortable’ heckling from a Northern Ireland protestor, a body language expert has claimed (pictured)
The Princess of Wales kept her composure and brushed off the comments.Body language expert Judi said Kate refused to be ‘intimidated’ by the incident
She explained: ‘This heckling ritual would have felt even more uncomfortable for Kate than just listening to the woman’s words.
‘Kate is greeting a friendly crowd and the woman holds her hand out for a shake.
‘Once she has Kate’s hand she traps it in her own, performing several quite aggressive-looking shakes while holding it tight and even pulling Kate in towards her as she does so.’
The body language expert continued: ‘We can see Kate’s hand is held for a shake that goes on longer than usual.Her fingers have been pulled up the woman’s sleeve and her knuckles looked gripped tight enough to whiten.’
Speaking to FEMAIL, body language expert Judi said Kate has proven she will be a ‘gutsy’ Queen by simply taking the awkward encounter in her stride
The Princess of Wales was challenged by an Irish nationalist during an impromptu walkabout in Northern Ireland .Pictured: The woman as she speaks to Kate
‘It is always a worry for royals and any celebrity when any crowd member keeps hold of their hand for Slot4D longer than normal but following the Queen’s death this prolonged clasping was seen quite a lot when the public wanted to offer their sympathy and condolences, especially to Charles and William.
‘There is a ‘normal’ time for a handshake and when it goes on longer it can feel like a power gesture, though.’
Although Judi claimed the woman intended the handshake to make the Princess feel ‘helpless’, the expert said it had the opposite effect.
She continued: ‘Kate uses eye contact but her smile doesn’t miss a beat and, instead of looking away quickly and moving on to ignore the woman dismissively, she handles the moment well by making an ‘oh’ to suggest ‘what a pity’.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, both 40, greeted members of the public on an impromptu walkabout in North Belfast yesterday afternoon
The Princess of Wales met young royal fans outside a youth charity centre in North Belfast yesterday afternoon
‘Then, when her hand is released but the woman is still filming and heckling, keeping to her spot and even looking around for other hands to shake.
‘The response of smiling but moving on quickly would be understandable and a typical royal move but standing your ground to show you’re not intimidated does look rather brave.’
Examining the Princess’ verbal response, Judi claims Kate ‘heard the heckler perfectly’ but kept her composure nonetheless.
She added: ‘Will Kate turn out to be a gutsy queen? She doesn’t even seem to glance around for her security to either alert them or to make herself feel safer by checking they were aware.
The Prince and Princess of Wales shared the short video and tweet online last night – choosing to focus on other parts of their visit
The woman who confronted Kate was not included in the video shared by the couple – instead, clips showed the Prince and Princess of Wales meeting members of the public (right) and making cocktails (left)
While the short clip shared on the Prince and Princess of Wales’ official social media did feature several moments from their walkabout, the moment with the woman in the green jumper wasn’t included
Instead, the couple shared clips of the royals meeting schoolchildren (left and right) who held banners welcoming them to the area
‘She just sounds very slightly disappointed by the woman’s comments.
‘She responded with charm but her lack of any other response might suggest a confident lack of fear at being challenged.’
Following the incident, the Prince and paid thanks to Northern Ireland for hosting them following a trip to Belfast.
and Kate shared a message on their official social media pages, writing: ‘Thank you for having us, Northern Ireland!’
Observers took to social media to praise Kate for ‘handling the moment perfectly’
The Princess of Wales (pictured) has been challenged by an Irish nationalist during an impromptu walkabout in Northern Ireland
The Princess of Wales waves to members of the public following a walkabout in Carrickfergus as part of a visit to Northern Ireland
Princess Kate brushes back her hair while meeting with royal fans during a visit to Northern Ireland
Kate beams as she chats to royal fans alongside Prince William during a visit to Belfast on Thursday
Meanwhile the couple posted a swish video showing a highlights reel of their trip, including a clip of the royal mother-of-three making a cocktail, and Prince William playing with a pair of dogs.
The clip, which was shared last night by the couple, featured a number of clips from the stay, including the walkabout.
However the incident with the woman in the heckler wasn’t included in the video.
Instead, Kate was seen greeting school-children and the camera panned across a crowd of waving royal fans.
In another clip, Prince William was seen chatting to members of the public.
Observers took to social media to praise Kate for ‘handling the moment perfectly.’
One wrote on Twitter: ‘That very disrespectful lady should have stayed at home instead of wasting her time waiting for someone she doesn’t like…Catherine handled the moment perfectly though.
Kate chats to a group of schoolchildren holding Union Jack flags during a visit to Northern Ireland on Thursday
MWilliam and Kate during a walkabout outside Carrickfergus Castle in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland
‘She and William were welcomed with open arms by everyone else…there’s lots of love for them!’
The incident happened during Kate and William’s visit to Northern Ireland yesterday.
Hundreds of people lined the Marine Highway in Carrickfergus, a town to the north of Belfast, as the pair visited the County Antrim town.
They exchanged 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.
The late Queen gave William and Kate the titles Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus on the morning of their wedding in 2011.
Kate shakes hand with excited young girls during a visit to Northern Ireland on Thursday
Kate cut a chic figure in Belfast on Thursday in a pastel blue blouse and matching pea coat, paired with navy cropped trousers and heels