PRINCE Harry is well known for having many admirers - and he can now count among them Cooper the dog who belongs to Taunton Paralympian Phillip Eaglesham.

The pair spoke at a reception in St James Palace to Harry and William announced they will expand their Heads Together mental health campaign into schools and the workplace.

Harry was himself thanked by one enthusiastic fan - Cooper, a two-year-old Labrador Retriever - who licked the Prince when he was introduced by his owner Phillip Eaglesham.

Mr Eaglesham, 35, appears along with wife Julie, 34, in a Heads Together video talking about his battles with mental health.

While on deployment in Afghanistan in 2010 the former Royal Marine corporal contracted the debilitating infection Q fever, which has weakened his muscles, and he now uses a wheelchair but is helped by his assistance dog Cooper.

The couple's video was part of the OK to Say series, that featured famous names like comic Ruby Wax, former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff and rapper Professor Green talking publicly about their mental health issues alongside the person they turned to discuss their problems.

Mr Eaglesham, who lives in Taunton, Somerset, has met Harry before and so had his dog, he said: "Cooper was really excited when he saw him and Harry's a dog person as well, he knows about assistance dogs - Cooper's tail was going round like a helicopter."

"Everything we've been doing with Heads Together is making such a difference," added Mr Eaglesham, who took part in the Paralympics in Rio last year.

"Many people are still seeing my video for the first time and they're saying its amazing and it's helping them with their issues."

The Heads Together campaign was spearheaded by William, Kate and Harry and aims to encourage people to ease their mental health issues by talking about them or providing a sympathetic ear for those in need.

Prince Harry told the guests: "Yesterday we announced a new partnership with the Ministry of Defence that will see the entire defence community - servicemen and women, veterans, and the MoD civilian population - get better information and training on mental health and mental fitness.

"In the months ahead, we will announce new partnerships to support better conversations in schools and workplaces.

"All of this work is proving that two heads - or three, or four, or more - really are better than one. Our charity partners are constantly coming up with new ideas that are only possible through collaboration.

"When we work together, we are greater than the sum of our parts. And we can achieve extraordinary things."