The prince, 31, admits to his bad boy ways while sneaking in a playful tease about his big brother
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Prince Harry is fessing up to his “bad boy” days!

The prince, 31, may have attending one of the most prestigious boarding schools in England, but during a visit to a youth center in South Africa on Monday, he admitted he wasn’t exactly a model student.

“I didn’t enjoy school at all. I would like to have come to a place like this,” he said to a group of young boys at the Ottery Youth Center in Cape Town. “When I was at school, I wanted to be the bad boy.”

When Harry arrived, the group had little idea of who he was, so he introduced himself as Queen Elizabeth‘s grandson and Princess Diana‘s son.

And he couldn’t resist sneaking in a playful tease about his big brother, Prince William, 33.

“If you’ve got an older brother that’s not into gangs, that’s a huge positive,” he said. “Older brothers are supposedly the cool ones.

“I’m a younger brother, but I’m much cooler than my older brother.”

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But there was a serious side to the playful prince’s quips. He was at the center to see how youths are rehabilitated and urged them not to bow to peer pressure, The Times reports.

One boy, Lucky, has been at the center for two years since arriving at age 13 and has taken up martial arts to control his anger issues. Lucky told reporters, “I thought [Prince Harry] was going to come here with a lot of bodyguards. But he didn’t – he was a cool guy. My heart felt like I was in heaven.”

When the royal left the center, he was given a wood carving decorated with a picture of him in the arms of his mother, the late Princess Diana.

Harry started the day by presenting church leader and humanitarian Dr. Desmond Tutu with a special honor from his grandmother the Queen, 89. She added the veteran peace campaigner, who worked to halt the Apartheid regime, to a small band called the Order of Companions of Honor. Set up in 1917 by King George V, it recognizes people for a pre-eminent and continued contribution in the arts, science, medicine or government. There are only 65 members in addition to the Queen herself.

The prince’s office at Kensington Palace said he wanted to hear from the Archbishop about his “work in peace building, conflict resolution, development and human rights” and about The Archbishop’s Foundation, and its efforts to support disadvantaged young people accessing employment opportunities.

Harry’s visit to South Africa began with him playing in a polo game for his Sentebale charity on Saturday (where he took a few tumbles!). He arrived in the country from Lesotho, where he was at the opening of a special center that Sentebale will use to help their long-term care for young people orphaned by HIV and AIDS.