Saturday 21 October 2017

Prince Harry arrives in Antarctica for start of polar trek

Prince Harry jokes that his morale has 'hit rock bottom' after flying from summery South Africa to freezing Antarctica

BRITAIN'S Prince Harry joked that his morale had gone "over the edge" as he arrived in Antarctica ready for the start of his trek to the South Pole.

The Prince left Cape Town in South Africa, where temperatures are around 30C, and landed in Novo at 1pm GMT. He and his Walking With The Wounded team will stay at Novo Airbase for the next two days to acclimatise and make final preparations for the trek.

They will start ski training tomorrow, ready for the start of their walk which is due to end in mid-December.

As he got off the aircraft, the Prince said: "It's amazing how in just six hours your morale can go from pretty high, almost pouring over the edge to rock bottom."

He said the snow "brought back a lot of bad memories" of his 2011 trek during the early stages of an expedition to the North Pole with the same charity.

Prince Harry is patron of Team Glenfiddich, a British team of amputee and injured service personnel, while the actor Dominic West is patron of a Commonwealth team and True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard will join a US team.

Undated handout photo issued by Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) of members of Team UK (right to left) Prince Harry, Kate Philp, Guy Disney, Richard Eyre, Ibrar Ali and Duncan Slater of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 expedition in Novo,
Undated handout photo issued by Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) of members of Team UK (right to left) Prince Harry, Kate Philp, Guy Disney, Richard Eyre, Ibrar Ali and Duncan Slater of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 expedition in Novo,

Temperatures on the 200-mile trek will plunge to -45C, and the team will spend 12 hours per day skiing, with 10-minute rest breaks every two hours.

The team's departure from South Africa had been delayed by bad weather for 48 hours.

- Gordon Rayner, Telegraph.co.uk

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