Residents welcome Prince William and Prince Harry with open arms as they help out on a charity project

It’s not everyday you see royalty armed with paint rollers and paving tools but Prince William and Prince Harry have done just that!

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The brothers paid a visit to the BBC’s DIY SOS team in Manchester to help out with a special charity project creating homes for ex-service personnel, a cause that will undoubtedly be close to both of their hearts given their army background.

But Wills, 33, and Harry, 31, didn’t just watch from the sidelines, oh no. Instead they got stuck in to assisting with the final stages of the scheme and happily joined the builders and volunteers in their hands-on work.

Sporting fetching hard hats with their names on, the brothers picked up their tools and set to. William did a spot of decorating and helped presenter Nick Knowles to paint a kitchen in one of the houses.

Meanwhile Harry (still sporting that beard, btw) was given the job of laying garden paving stones – not something you see everyday!

Local residents were thrilled to have the princes visit the project on derelict Canada Street, Newton Heath, which will see eight buildings renovated and 62 house facades updated.

One even claimed that cheeky Wills and Harry got quite flirtatious – ooh-er!

John Wilkinson, 58, told the BBC: ‘They were gentlemen. They were flirting with [my wife] Margaret more than anyone else.

‘She was well chuffed with Harry. I think she is going to leave me.’

Blimey! Meanwhile 47-year-old Paul Murphy, a former serviceman, called the royal visit ‘well played’ and said he wouldn’t be washing his hands after shaking William’s twice.

The extensive project has been called the ‘most ambitious’ yet by the DIY SOS team builders.

As well as housing and renovations there will also be a support centre to provide assistance to ex-servicemen and women with mental or physical injuries, ran by the Royal British Legion and Walking With The Wounded charity.

It looks like Wills and Harry did a great job with their contributions to the work. Always worth considering as a second career, eh, boys?

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Anna Francis