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Prince William and Prince Harry's World Cup tour: a gallery

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Not content with inspring the England team through the power of remote teleconferencing, Prince William has decided to take the royal charisma directly to the players, packing up his younger, more hirsute brother Harry for a princely World Cup tour. The brothers swung through Botswana and Lesotho last week, arriving in South Africa just in time to fill the England players with patriotic fire (above) before their heroic 0-0 draw with Algeria on Friday. Herewith, a gallery of the royal progress.

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Here we see William and Harry clowning around with an African rock python in Botswana. Just a fun time for these three close friends. The python dampened the mood slightly by peeing on William, but there were no hard feelings. William didn't get annoyed, because it occurred to him that the python probably hadn't even heard he was going to be king.

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William is like, "Now, say that again about how its claws rend human flesh." Harry, who deployed his royal-family mind-control powers to keep the leopard docile, didn't get too stressed out.

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William assumes the traditional stance and facial expression of the English goalkeeper during a visit to the Coaching for Conservation project in Botswana. The technique on display here is part of a national heritage that stretches back nearly 1000 years.

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At the Predator Conservation Trust in Maun, Botswana, William took a bit of time out of his schedule to indulge in some classic lab humor. Shortly after this photo was taken, the prince cured cancer, then departed as mysteriously as he had arrived.

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Prince Harry instructs several Africans in the finer points of being African. In the distance, his helicopter pilot queues up another episode of "Top Chef."

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Just a bunch of good-looking guys. Also: Prince William.

Photos: Getty Images, AP

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