Princes William & Harry's Animal Instincts

The young princes have spent their lifetimes loving and helping the world's creatures

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LUCKY DOG

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Who’s cuter: The Prince or the pup? Prince Harry visits the Canine Partners Training Centre in Midhurst, England, on July 13, cradling service dogs-in-training and meeting with several people who rely on the animals to help them with daily tasks.

02 of 14

DOGGONE IT

DOGGONE IT
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It’s puppy love! Harry goes nose-to-nose with a super-cute pooch during a visit to a children’s education center in Semonkong, Lesotho, on June 16. The 25-year-old has a natural fondness for dogs: His grandmother and great-grandmother both raised Corgis.

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SLIPPERY SITUATION

SLIPPERY SITUATION
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Watch out, boys! A wily snake puts the squeeze on Harry and Prince William at the Mokolodi Education Centre in Gaborone, Botswana, on June 15. The Princes stopped at the facility during a charitable tour through Africa.

04 of 14

HITS THE SPOT

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Who needs to earn stripes, when you can earn spots instead? William and Harry take a chance on a cheetah, petting the fierce creature during their Mokolodi Nature Reserve visit.

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TAKE A LEAP

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Frog, what frog? During a video shoot for the Prince’s Rainforest Project – run by dad Prince Charles – the boys share some screentime with an extra-large animated frog.

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WOOL WORKS

WOOL WORKS
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What would Kate say? William cozies up to a slightly confused sheep during a visit to the Duchy Home Farm in Gloucestershire, England.

07 of 14

FEEDING FRENZY

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Dinnertime! William gets down and dirty with some pigs on May 29, 2004, while working on the Duchy Home Farm.

08 of 14

SPIKED OUT

SPIKED OUT
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Why the face? During a trip to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on Sept. 23, 2003, Harry gets his hands on Spinke, a friendly echidna.

09 of 14

TOUCH AND GO

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Working as a cowboy at a cattle ranch in Tooloombilla, Australia, Harry spends some time with a majestic horse named Guardsman. The Prince has a good relationship with horses, given his extensive polo career.

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SEEING DOUBLE

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Who’s more excited: The dogs, or the Prince? Harry takes a few minutes to unwind in the halls of Eton College, his alma mater, with housemaster Andrew Gailey’s pups Rosie and Jenny on May 12, 2003.

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MAN'S BEST FRIEND

MAN'S BEST FRIEND
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When you’re in line to be the next King of England – talk about stress! – sometimes you just want a moment along with your dog. A younger William takes just that while at the Balmoral Castle Estate in England.

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DEFINING MOMENT

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The Princes’ love affair with horses started at a young age, and continues today. In fact, the brothers were devastated when their polo pony Drizzle passed away early last month.

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STARTING YOUNG

STARTING YOUNG
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Was it love at first ride? A young Harry saddles up on his pony Smokey while with family in the western town of Tetbury, England.

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DOG DAYS

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Ahh, sibling rivalry. William and Harry fight for the affection of one very lucky pup in a photo from August of 1987, taken on the Majorca island of Spain.

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