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Cape Town - Britain's Prince Harry has spent the past week, stranded in Cape Town.

He and a team of UK veterans have finally left for the South Pole on Friday after a Polar storm prevented them from flying to Antarctica's Novolazarevskaya (Novo) Station for their Antarctica race against the US and other Commonwealth teams in aid of Walking With The Wounded.

CNN reports the three teams left London for Cape Town on Sunday and the teams were meant to have left on Tuesday already.

The seven person teams, includes the royal prince, "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard as an honorary member of the US team and Dominic West who plays McNulty in "The Wire," will be joining the veterans wounded in combat from the Commonwealth nations of Canada and Australia.

The epic trip will see the teams trekking 200 miles (322 kilometers) across Antarctica, in temperatures as low as -35 degrees Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit) in aid of the charity Walking With The Wounded.

Watch Prince Harry speaking in London's Trafalgar Square at the launch of the expedition before his departure to Cape Town.

The report states the teams spent their time keeping busy by training and hiking up Table Mountain.

While the actual departure date could not be confirmed until the weather had cleared, the teams will have three days to acclimatise once they arrive at Novo Station, before setting off on the trek, which is expected to take about 16 days.

Prince Harry travelled to Iceland for training and spent 24 hours in an industrial freezer in preparation for this epic journey.  You can join in the conversation via our hashtag #SouthPole2013 and Twitter Page @supportthewalk

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