The Duchess of Cambridge definitely does not have the creepy-crawlies.
Kate Middleton was photographed Wednesday positively beaming while holding a large spider in the palm of her hand.
The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge were in Northern Ireland where they met with young people and heard from organizations about life during the pandemic. Prince William and Kate’s trip included a visit to Ulster University’s Magee Campus.
That’s when a smiling Kate had no problem putting out her hand to greet one very large, and very hairy, tarantula.
William, meanwhile, looked on from a bit of a distance, but did take a moment to handle a snake.
The arachnid, coincidentally, had the most fitting name.
“A surprise guest appearance from Charlotte the tarantula,” Kensington Palace tweeted.
A surprise guest appearance from Charlotte the tarantula 🕷 pic.twitter.com/HXVTJalZk6— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 29, 2021
Charlotte, of course is not only the famous, friendly titular character in Charlotte’s Web, but it is also the name of the Royal couple’s 6-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte.
While there’s no word on how the human Charlotte feels about her mum handling her eight-legged namesake.
But Princess Charlotte did ask world-famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough about them in a video alongside her brothers last year.
“Hello, David Attenborough,” the little royal said. “I like spiders. Do you like spiders too?”
Sir David Attenborough, we've got some questions for you…🌍🕷️🐒 pic.twitter.com/MTQ68WnOrt— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 3, 2020
For the record, David Attenborough likes spiders, too.
Watch the Royal couple take on a petting farm with ease.