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Prince Harry's Arctic speciality was 'building toilets', reveals Dominic West

Published 21/01/2014 | 15:16

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Prince Harry was the toilet designer on his charity trek to the South Pole.

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The prince showed a surprising talent for building the outdoor lavatories for the members of the trek to use, when they completed their mission last month.

Harry was the patron on the Walking With The Wounded charity challenge, and took his duties very seriously.

The Wire actor Dominic West, who was part of the group, revealed the hidden talents of the British royal when the men and women of the trek met up for a welcome home press conference.

"He was very much part of the team, he seemed to specialise in building latrines. He built this incredible castellated structure with blocks to keep out the wind and it even had a [toilet] roll holder," Dominic said at the reception, reports

"They had a flag pole and a loo roll holder that were surrounded by blocks of snow. He must have taken 45 minutes to create each one."

Dominic was clearly in awe of 29-year-old Harry, who provided a vital service to the rest of the teams.

ANTARTICA - DECEMBER 13:  In this handout image provided by Walking with the Wounded, Prince Harry (L) and Heath Jamieson of Team Commonwealth pose as they and their  fellow adventurers reach the South Pole as part of their Walking With The Wounded charity trek on December 13, 2013 in Antartica. The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, of which Prince Harry is patron, will see the participants race across three degrees to the South Pole. All 12 injured service personnel from Britain, America, Canada and Australia have overcome life-changing injuries and undertaken challenging training programmes to prepare themselves for the conditions they will face in Antarctica. Trekking around 15km to 20km per day, the teams endured temperatures as low as minus 45C and 50mph winds as they pulled their 70kg sleds to the south pole. (Photo by Victoria Nicholson/WWTW via Getty Images) (NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.)
He poses with Heath Jamieson of Team Commonwealth
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Prince Harry (L) attends a press conference to welcome home the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Challenge teamat Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on January 21, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry (L) attends a press conference to welcome home the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Challenge teamat Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

He explained how Harry would dig a hole with a "platform to squat on. He built these incredible intricate ones. He did art A Level [in high school] - you can tell he has the artistic touch."

"I'd be sitting there, looking at a beautiful view thinking, 'This is the royal flush!'"

Others on the expedition include actor Alexander Skarsgård and 12 injured servicemen and women from the UK, America and the Commonwealth.

The prince praised his teammates for their efforts.

"Inspiring others is one of the cornerstones of this charity, to demonstrate to those who have experienced life-changing injuries that everything is possible. I hope this truly unbelievable achievement by everyone behind me, and back in America, Canada and Australia... will remind everybody that they can achieve anything that they want to," Harry said at the press conference.

"Our wounded, injured and sick do not want pity, they simply want to be treated the same way they were before they were injured - with respect and admiration."

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