Kate Middleton and William faced down by protester in awkward police incident

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    Kate Middleton and Prince William were confronted by an anti-monarchy protestor in an awkward police incident yesterday (Thursday, February 9).

    The Prince and Princess of Wales were visiting Falmouth in Cornwall, venturing to the county for the first time since they became the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

    The small protest occurred while the royals were touring the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

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    A man, donning a red and black hoodie, stood among royal fans lining the street outside and lifted a blank piece of paper while saying "no more monarchy".

    Police officers swept him away from the crowd of well-wishers. He was detained, but not arrested, by the officers.

    The Sun's royal editor Matt Wilkinson claimed on Twitter the man later told him: "It’s the 21st Century we don’t need a monarchy any more, it’s f***ng ridiculous."

    Speaking about the growing number of protestors acting during royal visits and engagements since the death of the Queen, the Daily Express royal commentator Richard Palmer said during the Royal Roundup podcast: "[While Queen Elizabeth II was live] There wasn’t a lot to be gained by attacking her personally.

    "With the change in reign [the republican movement] see an opportunity. We are seeing more anti-monarchy protests turning out."

    This small protest disrupted an otherwise successful visit at the museum, which also featured a sweet moment between the Princess of Wales and a former teacher.

    While touring the Museum, Kate discovered her former history teacher at the prep school she attended some 25 years ago, Jim Embury, is now a volunteer at the institution.

    The Duchess of Cornwall told him the "things you taught me, I now teach to my children".

    Mr Embury, who received a warm hug from the royal, described Kate as a student saying: "She was a fantastic student and it was a great class."

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