Kate Middleton has been hearing the pitter-patter of a new set of little feet recently, after the family welcomed a hamster named Marvin.

The Duchess spoke about the new addition to the royal household while attending a function at London's Hampton Court.

The Duchess revealed the hamster is kept at the family's country home, Anmer Hall, where they are currently based.

Speaking with a group of school children, Kate said Princess Charlotte is especially fond of Marvin, and she likes when his whiskers tickle her face.

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Princess Charlotte is especially fond of Marvin the hampster. Photo / Facebook/The Royal Family
Princess Charlotte is especially fond of Marvin the hampster. Photo / Facebook/The Royal Family

The Duchess also said she had pet guinea pigs when she was a little girl, called Salt and Pepper.

We wonder what the family dog, Lupo, makes of all this.

- nzherald.co.nz