LONDON — Prince William and Prince Harry helped flood-hit U.K. villagers protect their homes Friday, unloading sandbags alongside soldiers in the River Thames village of Datchet.

The princes, who have both served in the armed forces, joined a work crew from about 6 a.m.

The princes were not the only royals helping out. Their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, has sent feed and bedding from the royal farms at Windsor to farmers whose land has been inundated.

England had its wettest January since 1766.