Prince William has a slithery fan and Kate tests her rugby skills on the Cambridges’ Ireland tour

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to a petting zoo as part of their mini tour to Northern Ireland. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to a petting zoo as part of their mini tour to Northern Ireland. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It’s not often royalty and reptiles meet but Prince William (39) got up close and personal with a scaly friend on a visit to a petting zoo in Northern Ireland.

The future king of England was snapped holding a python at Kidz Farm while touring the Ulster University Magee Campus with his wife, Kate Middleton, earlier this week.

“George is going to be so upset,” Wills quipped as he held the reptile, referring to his eldest son, Prince George (8), who is a fan of snakes. “The children are not going to believe it.”

READ MORE | Kate Middleton dazzles at the new James Bond movie premiere and even 007 is smitten

While William looked a little apprehensive at times holding his slippery pal, Kate showed no fear when she held a tarantula which shares the name of her daughter, Charlotte.

(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The duchess did not show any signs of nerves when handling a tarantula named Charlotte. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The six-year-old princess is a big fan too of spiders. During a family visit with renowned wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough last year to promote William’s Earthshot Prize, she asked the legendary filmmaker if he “liked spiders too?”

Kate reportedly told a handler at the zoo that the family have “had lots of animals during lockdown” with William adding that they’d acquired “lots of chickens”. “Animals are often like therapy,” he added.

The couple’s mini-tour also took them to Derry-Londonderry, the first time they’ve visited the region, where they visited aspiring healthcare workers and a sporting programme that promotes peace and reconciliation.

(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images0
Kate displayed her rugby kicking skills as a smiling William watched. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images0

Kate changed out of her bright-purple Emilia Wickstead suit into some active gear to put her kicking skills to the test as she joined students at the Sport Uniting Communities initiative.

READ MORE | Game, set, match: Kate Middleton partners with Emma Raducanu on tennis court

It’s certainly been a sporty couple of weeks for the duchess who hit up the tennis court last week with 18-year-old Grand Slam champion Emma Raducanu after a day of abseiling and mountain biking with a group of cadets in the Lake District.

Sources:, Instagram,

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()