WILLIAM ACCEPTED FOR SANDHURST

21 OCTOBER 2005

Click here to send this news item to a friend Prince William is poised to follow in his little brother's footsteps after being accepted into Sandhurst, the prestigious military college, where Harry is almost halfway through his training to become an officer. The second-in-line to the throne impressed Army bosses as a "natural leader", when he went up against 24 other hopefuls for a place at the academy. When he joins up early next year, the future King will become the most senior member of the Royal Family to do so. Before applying, the Prince joked that he'd sent Harry ahead to test the terrain. “It’s not easy. That’s why I put my brother in as a guinea pig first,” he quipped.

And according to royal sources, when Harry rang to wish him luck he also decided to have some fun at his sibling's expense. "There was a little bit of brotherly joshing," said a friend. "Harry will graduate two terms ahead of him- and he has already jokingly threatened William that he will find an excuse to come back to the college and make his brother salute him."

The gruelling tests, which Harry passed last September, included doing 44 press-ups and 50 sit-ups in two minutes, then a one-and-a-half mile run in ten. Later came an assault course and a raft of interviews with the top brass, who've now given him the go-ahead to start the year-long training course.

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William concentrates on a tricky task during the assault course, which was one of the challenges faced by applicants to SandhurstPhoto: © RexClick on photo to enlarge
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The future King impressed Army bosses as a "natural leader"Photo: © Getty Images
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