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Young royals keep spotlight on wounded warriors

Britain's Prince Harry and emcee U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Miles salute during the playing of the national athems at the 2013 Warrior Games opening ceremony at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-17.

LONDON — Just back from a successful American tour with a strong military theme, Prince Harry joined brother Prince William Monday in continuing to focus their high-beam spotlight on wounded veterans in Britain.

It was a recently rare occasion when the royal brothers appeared in public together, and the contrast between them, especially in their hair, is more obvious: Blond William has lost more hair, ginger-haired Harry has not.

The young royals, both serving members of the British military, officially opened the first Help for Heroes Recovery Center, a charity program supported by the princes' royal foundation. The charity is building, equipping and will run four centers to provide ongoing support for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans.

William, 30, a helicopter flight lieutenant in the RAF, and Harry, 28, a captain in the British Army who flies attack helicopters, visited the first center, Tedworth House in Wiltshire outside London.

The recovery centers are designed to serve up to 50 soldiers, sailors and airmen and their families and visitors while the wounded are recovering until they're ready to leave full-time medical care.

The princes toured the facility and met some of the wounded warriors and their families to learn about the challenges in rebuilding their lives.

Harry just spent a week in the USA, visiting four states and Washington, D.C., to promote Britain, support wounded warriors at the Warrior Games and to raise money for his charities. He raised an estimated $1 million playing polo for his African children's charity, Sentebale. After his return, he paid a surprise visit Friday to the royal favorite, the Chelsea Flower Show, to see his Sentebale Garden being prepared there for opening this week.

Having served two tours in Afghanistan, Harry is expected to remain in the Army for the time being, while increasing his royal duties.

William is expected to give up his current job, flying search-and-rescue missions from an RAF base in Wales, when his first child is born in mid-July. He, too, is expected to take on more royal duties but he may also get another job in the British military closer to London.

 

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