The Royalist

09.03.13

Prince Harry Heads For the Deep Freeze

Harry begins his South Pole training

Prince Harry is to spend twenty-four hours in a cold tank later this month as part of his preparations for his walk to the south pole in November.

The Prince, 28, and the four other members of the Walking with the Wounded team "will endure simulated blizzard conditions as they practice their daily routine including putting up and taking down their tent, cooking meals and skiing for two hours at a time on exercise machines," according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

In November, Harry will be part of the British team which will race against a team from the US and a combined Canadian and Australian team in a 208-mile trek from the 87 degrees latitude line to the South Pole.

The race is expected to take 21 days, and the Commonwealth team will include another celeb in the form of British actor Dominic West.

According to the The Telegraph, the cold chamber is "large enough to accommodate a large tank for military testing [and] has a snow machine and powerful fans that can generate wind speeds of 124mph."

In March 2011, Harry joined the first three days of a walk to the North Pole but couldn’t participate in the whole expedition as it clashed with a rather important wedding he was obliged to attend.

He did, however, leap into a hole in the ice in his ski suit to prove he was up for it, and spoke at the time of how much he would like to join one of the trips in the future.

The high-profile expeditions, which have also included a failed attempt to scale Everest, raise the profile of the charity and funds for Walking With the Wounded's work rehabilitating injured servicemen.