Prince William has been teasing his brother Harry about his motorbike on their charity trek.
Harry, who is taking part in a 1,000-mile ride across South Africa, splashed out on a new £8,000 Triumph motorcycle after passing his test four months ago.
William, who owns a £20,000 Ducati superbike, has been mocking his younger sibling’s less powerful vehicle, saying: “He can’t play with the big boys yet.”
The royal brothers – who are riding Honda trail bikes for the Enduro Africa event – set off from Port Edward in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday (18.10.08).
Harry and William – who are raising money for several charities including the Sentebale fund, which Harry founded to help children with HIV in Lesotho – are riding in a group of 10 people, including a police bodyguard and Harry’s girlfriend Chelsy Davy’s brother Shaun.
The two princes were said to be exhausted after taking just a few short breaks during their 12-hour ride along dusty, rocky terrain on Saturday.
A source revealed: “They were thrown straight in at the deep end and could barely walk by the end of the day. The brothers don’t get a chance to do much together any more and it seemed an incredible opportunity. William thinks it is important to get stuck in, in a more practical way.”
The charity ride – which boasts 86 participants in total – will take eight days, ending in Port Elizabeth.
A spokesman for Global Enduro, the company organising the Enduro Africa event, said it was an honour for the princes to be taking part.
He added: “As they are both in the Armed Forces, I’m sure they will have the grit to get through because it’s not easy. There are no road signs and it’s not like riding anywhere in the UK so they will need a guide.
“They will go through game reserves, tribal areas and wild areas.”