Princes William and Harry share this surprising achievement

Prince William and Prince Harry. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Prince William and Prince Harry. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Queen is the only person in the UK who’s allowed to drive without a license – but this privilege doesn’t include other members of the royal family.

Princes William and Harry had to take the nerve-racking driving test after they each turned 17 – but both brothers passed the first time.

Prince William passed his test in 1999, just five weeks after his 17th birthday and after taking 20 lessons, Express UK reports.

After passing his test, William drove a Volkswagen Golf which was given to him as a birthday present by his father, Prince Charles.

His younger brother, Harry, also passed his test the first time after taking 20 lessons.

For the royals, driving is seen as a means by which they can add a little normalcy into their lives.

"They try and be as normal as they can. For them, it’s quite nice to be able to drive themselves and to be independent," said royal biographer Duncan Larcombe.

Prince Harry was even seen trying to teach his then-fiancée Meghan how to drive a manual car on the left-hand side of the road. The Duchess of Sussex had been accustomed to driving automatic cars in the USA and on the right of the road.

The royals are unafraid of driving and have even found themselves in trouble because of it.

Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, was involved in a car crash earlier this year which led him to give up driving.

His car collided with another car with two women and a baby inside, CNN reports.

The baby and Prince Philip were uninjured but the two other passengers suffered injuries.

 Sources: Express UK, CNN

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