Royals Kate Middleton and Prince William Have Chickens — Just Like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry! Kate revealed that the family "had lots of animals during lockdown" By Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit is a Royals Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2016 after graduating from The College of New Jersey and holding previous positions at Seventeen, CBS Radio and more. Follow the proud dog mom on Twitter at @stephpetit_ for the latest on Queen Elizabeth's corgis. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 29, 2021 05:04 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Kate Middleton and Prince William. Kate Middleton and Prince William's home is a real zoo! During the couple's visit to Northern Ireland on Wednesday, they toured Ulster University's Magee Campus's petting zoo — and opened up about their own animals. "We've had lots of animals during lockdown," Kate, 39, shared. "During lockdown, animals are often like therapy." Prince William, 39, added that they had acquired "lots of chickens," according to the Mirror. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry provided a look inside their own chicken coop, dubbed "Archie's Chick Inn" after their son, at their California home during their March interview with Oprah Winfrey. The couple shared that they rescued the hens from a factory farm as part of their "down to basics" life. "Hi, girls!" Meghan said as she opened the door to the coop. Kate Middleton Serenely Holding a Tarantula Is the Hump Day Motivation We All Need Kate Middleton and Prince William. Chris Jackson/Getty Images The chickens aren't the only animals William, Kate and their three children have at home. They have a cocker spaniel (its name is not publicly known), which they added to the family shortly before their longtime dog Lupo died last year. Kate has also revealed that they had a pet hamster named Marvin, sharing that daughter Princess Charlotte "really likes it because the whiskers always tickle her face." Prince William used both hands to handle a female snake during the petting zoo visit, sharing that Prince George loves the creatures. "George is obsessed with snakes, he's going to be so upset he missed this," William said about their 8-year-old son. Kate Middleton and Prince William. Chris Jackson/Pool/Shutterstock Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! Princess Charlotte will also be jealous of her parent's outing — Kate held a tarantula, which just so happened to be named Charlotte too! Royal watchers will remember that last year, the princess took part in a sweet video with her siblings, sharing that she is fascinated by spiders and adorably asking legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough, "Do you like spiders too?"