Belfast boy refuses to hand over Easter egg gift to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Jude Campbell did not want to hand over his Easter egg. Credit: ITV News

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are used to well-wishers handing them gifts when they visit different towns and cities around the UK, ahead of their wedding in May.

However, the pair are less-used to people keeping the gifts for themselves.

On a day of engagements in Northern Ireland they met Jude Campbell who had an Easter egg for Prince Harry, yet the five-year-old was rather reluctant to hand over his gift.

Luckily for the schoolboy, the Royal was feeling generous and told Jude to keep the egg, so long as he shared it with his sister.

Jude's father told how he tried to bribe his son to hand over the egg, telling him he would "give him an egg twice the size, just give it to Prince Harry".

But even the promise of more chocolate was not enough to make Jude hand over the goods.

On their first official visit to Northern Ireland, Prince Harry and Ms Markle began their day with a visit to a youth-led peace-building initiative.

The Royal couple received a rapturous reception as they arrived at the former Maze prison at Lisburn where they sat in the front row to watch children deliver "peace pledges" as part of the Amazing Space celebration.

The cross-community concert at the recently built Eikon Centre saw teenagers from both sides of the region's divided community share their hopes and dreams of a peaceful and reconciled future.

Earlier the prince and his fiancé met with guests including DUP leader and former Stormont first minster Arlene Foster.

Speaking after the event, Rossa Smallman, 17, from St Joseph's in Derry, said the couple had not been what he had expected.

"We were told all the proper etiquette we had to carry out before we met them - and then when we actually met them they were very humble and down to earth," he said.

"They were above that etiquette, they just seemed like normal people."

Later, crowds gathered outside the Crown Liquor Saloon, Belfast's atmospheric Victorian gin palace, as Harry and Meghan arrived for lunch.

Andrew Dickinson, pub manager of the Crown, confirmed Ms Markle had the Crown Bar Irish stew made with lamb shoulder, carrots, onions and potatoes.

While Harry picked sausage and champ, three Gloucester old spot sausages with champ, an Irish dish of mashed potatoes, chopped spring onions, butter, milk and cheese.

Mr Dickinson added that the meals were "two of our most popular dishes and on a hectic day it would have kept them going."

Meghan and Harry had lunch at the historic Crown Liquor Saloon. Credit:

On a visit to science park Catalyst Inc, the pair were met with the gory sight of dismembered body parts at Titanic FX, a company which makes prosthetics for the film industry.

The props are used in the hit fantasy drama series Game Of Thrones, which is mostly shot in Northern Ireland.

The couple were greeted by a gory sight at Titanic FX. Credit: PA

Prince Harry and Ms Markle finished their day with a trip to the Titanic Belfast.

The centre was voted the world's leading tourist attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in 2016.

Titanic Belfast tells the story of the liner, from its conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through to the construction, launch and subsequent sinking in April 1912.

More than 1,500 lives were lost after the ship struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

The pair were given a tour of the centre by its CEO Judith Owens, who later told how Ms Markle praised the warmth of the Belfast people during her trip to the Titanic visitor attraction.

"Meghan just said that she had really enjoyed today, that the people of Belfast were so friendly and they had really enjoyed the mix of the different places where they had been.

"She said, 'it has been lovely, everybody has been very warm and friendly'."

The couple were presented with a model of the Titanic. Credit: PA

Invitations to the couple's wedding in May were sent out on Friday.