Prince William approached journalists from the Guardian and said: “Why don’t you put your notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?”
William and Harry were spotted along with Prince Harry helping move sandbags in flood-hit Datchet.
However after reporters agreed to help, aides intervened and said it would not be possible due to a lack of appropriate clothing.
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The mother of one of the Manchester attack victims has told of the distressing moment she found her daughter being treated after the attack.
Marjorie and Michael Cawdery, both 83, are understood to have been stabbed to death in a killing their family called "incomprehensible".
Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the shooting in Brent, north west London on Friday night.