'William will be jealous… at least I'm not stuck with a screaming child!' Prince Harry makes light of his situation as his Walking With Wounded trek to the South Pole faces more delays

November 25, 2013 4:30 PM

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Prince Harry has said his brother Prince William will be jealous of his South Pole trek, because it means getting away from 'a screaming child'.

In his first interview from Antarctica, where he is part of a team of seriously-injured serviceman attempting to raise £2million for charity, the fourth-in-line-to-the-throne also told how proud he was to be alongside such 'extraordinary' people.

Harry should have embarked on the The South Pole Allied Challenge at the weekend but has been confined to base camp due to heavy snow and winds.

Speaking to Sky News, the prince revealed that his brother - who has been concentrating on his responsibilities as a new father - was envious of the ambitious trek.

He said the Queen and Prince Philip had taken the time to meet his Antarctic comrades - including Norwegian adventurer Inge Solheim - before the team set off.

He said: ‘What do my family think of this? I think the last time I said, "I don't think most of them know about it".

‘Obviously, I took all the guys to Buckingham Palace to meet my grandmother and grandfather, which they absolutely loved, especially Inge Solheim who was very excited, which was fantastic.

‘My father was a little concerned, but I obviously tried to keep him calm and explain the North Pole was the dangerous one because we're walking on a frozen ocean whereas this time there are crevasses.

The South Pole Allied Challenge hopes to raise money for injured service personnel and also to inspire others injured in battle.

Every one of the prince’s team-mates has lost at least one limb serving in Afghanistan, a statistic which clearly humbles the royal, who has been ribbed constantly about breaking a toe in the run up to their departure.

He said: 'I obviously broke my toe hoping to get out of the trip, that was a massive fail on my part!

'Friends of mine said I really should have gone that step further and break a leg, but I chose not to.

Three teams – one from Britain, one from the Commonwealth and a rival team from the U.S. - are due to head to the start of the race tomorrow, weather permitting.

Harry said: ‘Now we're here, unfortunately we've had really rubbish weather for the past four days which has meant a lot of lying around…. people pack and unpack more times... You would not imagine.

‘For me I've just kept it really basic on the advice of Inge from last time [when Harry joined part of a trek to the North Pole] - keep it basic and you should survive.

He added: ‘I should be more capable than them on paper, but so far we went for one walk and everyone stuck together and it was nice to see how everyone was, some were uneasy at the start but then got it together.

‘Guy [Disney, a colleague] was always trying to convince me to go out for eight hour walks up in the hills. That's fine for you I told him, because you've got the time to.

The prince took time to pay tribute to his colleagues, whom he describes as ‘heroes who just wanted to be treated normally’.

‘Every single person who takes part in this challenge is extraordinary. The fact these guys have made it to this point is extraordinary and I count myself incredibly lucky to be part of it,’ he said.

‘The pressures and hurdles that these guys face, as you know, temperatures down to minus 50C, winds up to 70-90 - whatever it is - it is pretty unpleasant here.

'Just walking to and from dinner here is enough to have their eyes opened to the elements and to make you think to yourself "what have I got myself into?" Stupidity on my part!

‘For me being pulled out of the North Pole [Harry had to leave a 2001 expedition early to attend his brother’s wedding], It was just a case of I've just got to do this. Me and my big mouth!

'There was no way I could have dropped out of this, no way. I couldn't have done it. And also it's a great opportunity. I know it is slightly mad, but I've got four limbs and completely fine, well, almost fine, up here.

‘These guys have got all these issues and life changing injuries that are really hard for them, so if I’m given the opportunity, and it means I can actually help these guys out, creating more awareness for them or whatever, then so what to minus 50 and 90 mph winds? Occasionally you've got to put yourself through that for a good cause.

‘The honour and the treat is mine to be able to spend time with these guys.

'They're not heroes, they don't want to be known as heroes, they're just people that have had life changing injuries who just want to get on with it and have as normal a life as possible from this point forward - and that's the message we're trying to get across to everyone else.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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