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Princes reveal brotherly respect

By Peter Hunt
Royal correspondent, BBC News

Prince William and Prince Harry
The princes enjoyed some friendly banter while talking to the media

Prince William and Prince Harry have been speaking about their futures in the armed forces at RAF Shawbury where they are both training to fly helicopters. It reveals a glimpse of their brotherly love.

What is very striking about this generation of royal brothers, compared with their father and his siblings, is that they are very close.

William and Harry appear to enjoy each other's company - which is just as well given they are sharing a house while they are both training at RAF Shawbury.

William says he cooks and feeds Harry every day, while his brother leaves most of the dirty dishes in the sink.


As their careers develop and married life one day beckons, they will go their separate ways and this will probably be the last time they will live together.

Deadpan, William told reporters it was an "emotional experience".

In the rather soulless setting of an aircraft hangar, the royal brothers in arms answered questions easily and teased each other mercilessly.

William questioned whether Harry had yet taken off from the ground and Harry reminded his brother that he was going bald.

In amongst the repartee, there were flashes of brotherly love.

Harry, who has confessed to struggling with the academic work was, according to William, putting himself down and being modest. "He's doing a fantastic job," insisted the second in line to the throne.

Both have their sights set on developing their military careers. Harry wants to return to the frontline as a helicopter pilot.

William is training as an RAF search and rescue pilot. As he puts it: "As a future head of the armed forces, I get a chance to be credible."

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