Princes William and Harry have helped to shift sandbags in a flood-hit town - and challenged a watching journalist to join in.

And the Queen has provided "feed and bedding" to farmers.

William reportedly told Guardian hack Robert Booth: "Why don't you put your notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?"

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Prince William and Harry help move sandbags in Datchet this morning.

But when the journalist agreed to help, aides said he was not wearing the appropriate clothing to carry out the role.


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Prince William to Guardian: "Why don't you put the notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?" I offered but was told no by minders

William and Harry worked from 6am in Datchet, Berkshire, helping with the supply of sandbags.

Video footage obtained by The Guardian showed the pair forming part of a human chain unloading sandbags from an Army vehicle and putting them on to the back of a train wagon.

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Homeowners have been desperate to get the flood defences as they struggle to protect their properties.

The royal brothers, who were dressed in waterproofs and wellington boots, have served in the military and Harry is still an officer with the Household Cavalry, who have been tasked to help out with flood relief.

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A tired looking Wills and Harry got knee-deep flood water to help local residents

A spokesman from Kensington Palace said: "They wanted to show their support for the flood victims and have joined the armed forces relief effort."

Not only have William and Harry been providing practical help to flood victims but so has the Queen.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen is supporting Somerset farmers affected by the flooding on the Somerset Levels by contributing feed and bedding from the royal farms at Windsor."

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    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge helps with flood defences around a petrol station in the centre of Dachet on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge helps with flood defences around a petrol station in the centre of Dachet on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leaves a meeting with flood planners on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge helps with flood defences around a petrol station in the centre of Dachet on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    Prince Harry carrying sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother the Duke of Cambridge (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    The Duke of Cambridge carrying sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother, Prince Harry (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry carrying sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother the Duke of Cambridge (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    The Duke of Cambridge carrying sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother, Prince Harry (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    The Duke of Cambridge carrying sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother, Prince Harry (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    The Duke of Cambridge in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother, Prince Harry (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    The Duke of Cambridge carrying sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother, Prince Harry (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry carrying sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry carrying sandbags in Datchet, Berkshire, as he and his brother the Duke of Cambridge (not in picture) joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince Harry helps with flood defences around a petrol station in the centre of Dachet on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around a school on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince Harry helps with flood defences in the centre of Datchet on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around Eton End School on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince Harry helps with flood defences in the centre of Datchet on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince Harry helps with flood defences around Eton End School on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge (inside coach) in Datchet, Berkshire, as they joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around Eton End School on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around Eton End School on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince Harry helps with flood defences around Eton End School on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around a school on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around a school on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge in Datchet, Berkshire, as they joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

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    Prince Harry at the Datchet Council Parish Office with his brother the Duke of Cambridge (not in picture) in Datchet, Berkshire, as they joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry at the Datchet Council Parish Office with the Duke of Cambridge in Datchet, Berkshire, as they joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge in Datchet, Berkshire, as they joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge in Datchet, Berkshire, as they joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around a school on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry leave a temporary military base on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Winter weather Feb 14th

    Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge (inside coach) in Datchet, Berkshire, as they joined colleagues from the armed forces in helping to defend the town from the floods that have brought misery to much of southern England.

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around a school on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around a school on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around a school on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry leave a temporary military base on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • UK Braced For Further Storms As Rain And Snow Bring More Flood Misery

    DATCHET, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry help with flood defences around a school on February 14, 2014 in Datchet, United Kingdom. Flood water has remained high in some areas and high winds are causing disruption to other parts of the UK with the Met Office issuing a red weather warning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)