Prince Andrew abseils for charity

2012-09-03 13:50

London - Britain's Prince Andrew has abseiled 239 metres down the side of Europe's tallest building to raise money for charity.

The 52-year-old's stunt began on the popular London skyscraper The Shard's 87th floor and finished on the 20th. This took him a total of 30 minutes.

Following his descent on 3 September, the prince said: "I will never do it again."

Andrew was part of a group of about 40 participants raising funds for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

The prince is the chairman of the trustees of the Outward Bound Trust and raised £290 000 (R3.8m) in sponsorships.

Following the stunt, Andrew told reporters that the "difficult bit was actually stepping out over the edge," but said that his training with the Royal Marines gave had given him the confidence to do it.