Prince Harry splashes out on Ducati 848

Young Royal joins elder brother in Italian V-twin ownership

PRINCE HARRY has shown he shares his elder brother's love of motorcycles by lashing out on a Ducati 848 superbike.

The 25-year-old Prince splashed out around £11,500 on the 848cc V-twin Italian beast, which has a top speed of almost 170mph.

The Royal Princes both love motorcycling; the pair took part in a 1,000 mile motorbike charity trek across South Africa in 2009. Harry's brother, Prince William, already owns a bigger version of the 848 Ducati - the 1198 superbike.

A friend of Harry's told the Daily Mail: "Harry loves his motorbikes and has absolutely no fear - which may, or may not, be a good thing! William has been winding him up for months so he was the first person he told about his new 'baby' and he heartily approves.

"Both William and Harry enjoy the anonymity that putting on their leathers and taking to the road.

"No-one knows who they are and in the biking world people just treat them as one of the lads, which they love."

So be on the lookout for an 1198 and an 848 pursued by an entourage of Royal Protection officers.