William and Harry get down and dirty in festive football match

Good sports Prince William and Harry were happy to get down and dirty for a good cause. The royal brothers weren’t afraid to get a bit muddy for the annual charity football match held near the royal Sandringham estate in Castle Rising in Norfolk.

Despite traditionally playing on opposing teams, this year the brothers teamed up and played together for the Black Horse Inn, a pub close to William’s Anmer Hall residence.

This year the Princes played on the same team

Defying the 40mph winds and torrential rain, more than 200 people came to watch the local game and cheer on Prince Charles’ sons. Although Harry is known for his love of rugby, the 31-year-old looked like he was thoroughly enjoying himself and the opportunity to play alongside his brother and other local residents.

Despite their enthusiastic performances, neither of the Princes managed to score, instead having the limelight stolen from them by a 13-year-old boy who scored three times.

This has been a special holiday period for William as it has been the first Christmas he has celebrated as a father-of-two. Despite looking forward to the holiday, the 33-year-old revealed he wasn’t expecting to get much sleep due to Prince George’s excitement.

Prince Harry plays in the charity football match every year

"George will be bouncing around like a rabbit," he said adding: "I think he will be extremely bouncy this year because he’s suddenly worked out what Christmas is all about. If I get any sleep on Christmas Eve it’ll be good."

On Christmas day, William and Kate decided to leave their children at home as they attended a traditional service at the nearby St Mary Magdalene Church. The couple were joined by Prince Harry, his father Charles and the Queen. Despite the bad weather, the royals greeted well-wishers that had camped outside the church to wish the royal family a merry Christmas.

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