Prince Harry in a hard hat? See what tough work the royals are tackling

/ Source: TODAY
By Ree Hines

The life of a British royal isn't all luxury. And between military service and public service, Prince Harry and older brother Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, have never shied away from hard work.

Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he prepares to lay paving slabs as he helps to renovate homes for ex-service personnel as part of the BBC television DIY SOS series on September 23, 2015.Getty Images

Or hard hats, evidently.

Britain's Prince William stands with "DIY SOS" presenter Nick Knowles as he tours a house during his visit to Manchester.Phil Noble / Reuters

They wear them well!

But why are they wearing them?

On Wednesday, the brothers banded together to film a veterans special for the BBC's "DIY SOS" — a show devoted to restoring homes for British families in need.

And they weren't just on hand to watch.

Britain's Prince William paints a wall during a visit to Manchester, Britain September 23, 2015.Phil Noble / Reuters

Harry and William dug in for a large-scale project. They're helping the show's cast, crew and other volunteers transform an entire derelict street in Manchester into a community of homes for men and women who served in the Armed Forces.

"Servicemen and women who have made great personal sacrifices for our country deserve healthy, dignified, and successful post-military lives," a spokesperson from Kensington Palace was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "Yet ex-service personnel account for a large percentage of the homeless in Britain. At the same time, there are currently over half a million empty properties in England. As the memory of conflicts fade and public focus beings to move elsewhere both The Duke and Prince Harry will continue to draw attention to the ongoing challenges facing service personnel making the transition to civilian life. "

In the end, in addition to housing, the project will provide a center with space for counselling and therapy, which will be run by Walking With The Wounded.

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The two-part special will air in the U.K. on BBC One on Oct. 14 and 21.

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