Prince Harry and his fellow adventurers in the Walking With The Wounded expedition have arrived at the South Pole, the organizers have said.
The group stood at the bottom of the world at 12:00 GMT after more than three weeks of pulling sleds. Twelve injured servicemen and women from the UK, the US and the Commonwealth were on the 200-mile walk.
actor Dominic West and Prince Harry
Ed Parker, the expedition’s director and co-founder of the Walking With The Wounded charity that organised the challenge, said: “We always knew that this wasn’t going to be easy, but that is what makes the challenge so exciting.
“Our aim was to show that, despite injury, young men and women from our armed forces can still achieve great things.
“We came down here, determined to get 12 men and women, all injured in conflict, to the South Pole, and this is what we have done. The feeling is incredible.” – BBC News
Harry Hailed As Trek Soldiers Return Home
The injured service personnel who took part in a charity expedition to the South Pole are welcomed back to the UK
By Paul Harrison, Royal Correspondent
Prince Harry has been praised by his trekking team-mates as they received a heroes’ welcome after successfully walking to the South Pole.
The injured service personnel who formed the Walking With The Wounded charity expedition arrived at Heathrow to spend Christmas at home.
While some fought back tears as they were reunited with loved ones at the airport, tributes were paid to their royal patron, who returned to Britain separately.
Speaking about the prince, British team member Guy Disney told Sky News: “He’s just a really good honest bloke and brings a lot to the party.
“Harry brought a hell of a lot to the team, he carried extra weight for some of the other guys.
“He was always up for a laugh and you need that, you need to keep the banter going.”
Family and friends cheered and clapped as the team walked into the arrivals hall at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 after a flight from Cape Town in South Africa.
The competitive element of the South Pole Allied Challenge was called off just a few days into the race after some members of the three teams began to suffer from altitude sickness.
With the British, US and Commonwealth teams instead joining forces, they completed the 210-mile course, arriving at the South Pole in just 13 days.
“Arriving back here is quite surreal after the peace and quiet out in the South Pole where you’re in your own mind for nine to 10 hours a day skiing, to this kind of welcome”, explained Ibrar Ali.
“The way we look at it, we were just a group of guys that went off to the South Pole to raise some money for some other guys who’ve been injured on operations.”
A total of 12 wounded servicemen and women who have overcome life-changing injuries took part in the challenge.
Sky News understands Prince Harry chose not to join the British team’s welcome home in order that the focus should be on others rather than himself. – Sky News