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Northern Ireland royal visit: They totally inspired me, says journalism student

Leona O'Neill

By Leona O'Neill

A journalism student - who was paralysed from the neck down in a horrific crash as a toddler - has said meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday in Ballymena "felt like a dream".

Phoebe Lyle (21) was knocked down and severely injured on a road in Spain when she was just three and now breathes with the help of a ventilator.

She met William and Kate during their visit to the Braid Centre.

The Belfast Metropolitan College broadcast journalism student told the royal couple about the work she carried out on the Young Filmmakers Programme with Cinemagic - a charity that uses film, TV and digital technologies to inspire and educate young people. And she showcased interviews she carried out while studying for her journalism qualification.

Phoebe said the couple were genuinely impressed and told her that her work was amazing, before commiserating with her after her computer battery died.

"It was a real honour to meet their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge," she said.

"It was really nice. Kate was really beautiful, she was just stunning.

"They were asking me about the experiences that I had with Cinemagic, because today was its 30th anniversary. I spoke about how the knowledge I got with Cinemagic has given me the skills that I'm now using in broadcast journalism.

"I showed them a broadcast that I had recorded for my second year of broadcast journalism. I had to do two video interviews with regards further education versus higher education and get the thoughts of young people and teachers. Kate and William were really impressed. They said it was amazing.

"Will was really getting into my interviews and then my computer died. Kate laughed and said that it happens all the time at home.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Duchess of Cambridge is pictured with the Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
BALLYMENA, NORTHERN IRELAND - FEBRUARY 28: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receives daffodils during a visit to St Josephs SureStart Facility on February 28, 2019 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Prince William last visited Belfast in October 2017 without his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was then pregnant with the couple's third child. This time they concentrate on the young people of Northern Ireland. Their engagements include a visit to Windsor Park Stadium, home of the Irish Football Association, activities at the Roscor Youth Village in Fermanagh, a party at the Belfast Empire Hall, Cinemagic -a charity that uses film, television and digital technologies to inspire young people and finally dropping in on a SureStart early years programme. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receives daffodils during a visit to St Josephs SureStart Facility on February 28, 2019 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Ballymena Town Hall on Thursday during a walk about on the second day of a visit to Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Ballymena Town Hall on Thursday during a walk about on the second day of a visit to Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Ballymena Town Hall on Thursday during a walk about on the second day of a visit to Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Ballymena Town Hall on Thursday during a walk about on the second day of a visit to Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Duchess of Cambridge is pictured with Mayor Lindsay Millar and Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Duchess of Cambridge is pictured with Mayor Lindsay Millar and Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Ballymena Town Hall on Thursday during a walk about on the second day of a visit to Northern Ireland. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Braids Arts Centre in Ballymena to see the workings of the CineMagic charity as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 28, 2019.
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 28, 2019.
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the SureStart Facility in Ballymena as part of their two day visit to Northern Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit to the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge visit the Braid Centre, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Duke of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a walkabout outside the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena as part of their two day tour to Northern Ireland. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
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"I guess even a royal highness runs out of battery!"

Phoebe said that meeting the royal couple meant she went home feeling "totally inspired".

"I was slightly nervous meeting them," she said.

"And even now after meeting them it just seems like it was a dream.

"I know that it happened, but I feel like I have just imagined it.

"It was a beautiful thing to meet them, they are very lovely people. They are really down to earth.

"I have been completely inspired by them both.

"They are wonderful people."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Phoebe Lyle during their visit to the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Phoebe Lyle during their visit to the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena
Phoebe at home with mum Jane

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