Prince Harry will stop over in Cape Town before heading to the South Pole

2013-11-14 07:45
London -Britain's Prince Harry is to set off for a charity race to the South Pole next week, Kensington Palace said in a statement on Wednesday, after months of preparation which included spending the night in a giant freezer.

The three seven-man teams taking part are to fly to Cape Town on Sunday, the palace said. On Tuesday they will fly on to Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica where they will spend a few days acclimatizing before setting off for the pole on 30 November.

The teams, who hope to reach their destination by 16 December, are raising money for military charities from their home countries, Britain, the United States, Australia and Canada.

Most of those taking part have been injured in battle. Several have had legs amputated, while others have suffered blindness, burns and post traumatic stress disorder.

Hollywood actor Alexander Skarsgard, star of HBO series True Blood, is part of the US team and English actor Dominic West, from The Wire, is racing with the Australian and Canadian team.

The teams will complete the 335km race in stages of around 15 to 20km a day, the palace said, and will face temperatures as low as -45 degrees Celsius.

Prince Harry, 29, who is patron of the Walking With The Wounded charity, took part in a five-day trek to the North Pole in 2011.

(Photos: AFP)

Comments

  • MikeyHarky - 2013-11-14 08:18

    So fu@@ing what? He's a leech similar to the ANC cadres

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-11-14 08:36

      You're an a**hole Michael. When did you ever see an ANC cadre racing to the South Pole for charity? Harry and his bro have done wonders for UK in that they're the young public face of royalty. They've both served in the armed forces with some distinction - and they both do an incredible amount of charity work. We need people like them in SA!

      Grant Logan - 2013-11-14 08:43

      @jeremy we do have people in South Africa that does great charity work but because they don't have a title most of their work goes unrecognised. Waar wil djy wies?

      jeremy thorpe - 2013-11-14 08:46

      Fair enough Grant. You make a good point. But the bottom line is that the higher the profile of the person doing the charity work, the more money he/she raises. And no-one has a higher profile than Princes Harry and William.....

      Mbonisi Gushman - 2013-11-14 09:40

      Tell you what playboy. How about you help clean up the:-)mess your predecessors left behind. AntRTica will take care of itself.

      Heresmy Finger - 2013-11-14 10:43

      Prince Harry = Iron Man: "genius, billionaire playboy, philanthropist."

      Chez Kri - 2013-11-14 12:48

      @Michael. You have no idea what you are talking about. He does more for charity in S.A and Lesotho than most of our government. And if he is a leech in Britain that is their problem, not ours. Concern yourself with the 31BILLION rand our government has leeched from taxpayers and leave this young man, who seems quite sweet and grounded, alone. An no, I am not a royalist.

  • Krzysztof Lapacz - 2013-11-14 08:42

    if you have money you have all the fun

  • Mervin Birss - 2013-11-14 11:54

    so what, must we all floc to see him or what

      Chez Kri - 2013-11-14 12:49

      What the hell is your problem? Someone is doing something for charity - that's what. how much do you do? jeez, get a life.

  • Crystal Adams - 2013-11-14 13:37

    Awesome work Harry! Some people on this page simply missing the point. In this country 50% of what is raised in the name of charity, gets pocketed.

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