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Harry fears for crown jewels after plunging from hero to sub-zero

James Edgar in Longyearbyen, Norway

Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00

PRINCE Harry is known to have a sense of humour but a joke about his crown jewels, after a running jump into sub-zero water in the Arctic yesterday, may leave his grandmother less than amused.

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After taking the plunge in a bright orange immersion suit, the third-in-line to the throne didn't mince his words. "It's quite tight on the balls," he said.

The 26-year-old is in the final few days of training before he joins a group of wounded servicemen for the first five days of their trek to the North Pole.

The prince leapt bottom-first into an open stretch of water in the Arctic Ocean ice in his fully waterproof suit.

Moments before, he led the Walking With The Wounded charity co-founder, Ed Parker, to the edge and pushed him in.

Asked what it was like in the freezing water, the royal said it was a "silly question", then joked it was "warm".

When he first took the plunge, Prince Harry said: "It went up my nose."

He then said to Mr Parker: "It had to be done."

On Friday the prince will fly out to the start point of the 200-mile trek through the frozen wasteland.

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