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Britain's Prince Harry reaches South Pole - AFP



London (AFP) - Prince Harry on Friday became the first British royal to reach the South Pole after a three-week charity trek with injured military veterans from Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia.

Harry and the 12 servicemen and women reached the globe's most southerly point at 1200 GMT following a 200-mile (320-kilometre) journey across Antarctica, organisers Walking With The Wounded said.

"It's an amazing feeling, it really is," Harry, 29, said in a statement issued by Walking With the Wounded after the group reached the pole.

The fourth-in-line to the throne added: "What an amazing journey for every single one of them. I'm so proud, I'm so chuffed and I'm so privileged to be here with all these guys and girls.

"I think we'll be having a few whiskies tonight and then everyone's looking forward to getting home."

The expedition was initially conceived as a race but it was abandoned due to concerns about the safety of the participants, some of whom lost limbs fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.The teams decided to continue their trek, however, dragging 70-kilogramme sleds through the bitter cold and high winds.

Harry, who serves as an army helicopter pilot, joked earlier this week about the expected arrival date of Friday 13th, which he said was "unlucky for some, lucky for us".

The veterans have endured temperatures as low as minus 35 degrees Celsius (minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit) and wind speeds of around 50 miles (80 kilometres) per hour.

The trek has been organised by Walking With The Wounded, a charity which raises funds to retrain injured troops and help them find new careers outside the military. ...more



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