Prince Harry's South Pole race halted

By Kirstin Buick
09 December 2013

Prince Harry's South Pole race has been called off due to harsh weather conditions. He will still complete the trek in a non-competitive manner.

Prince Harry's South Pole race has been called off amid safety fears.

The 29-year-old royal's competitive race has been abandoned due to harsh weather conditions, but he is still expected to complete the trek to the South Pole with a group of wounded British servicemen and women. Harry and his team had been expected to take on rival teams from the United States and the Commonwealth in a race organised by charity, Walking with the Wounded, but the three teams will now come together for a non-competitive trek. The expedition's director Ed Parker said the race was called off because of "higher degree of stress imposed on the team members, due to unprecedented terrain on the plateau".

'We always knew that this wasn't going to be easy, but that is what makes the challenge so exciting.'

He added: "We always knew that this wasn't going to be easy, but that is what makes the challenge so exciting."

"Our aim was to show that despite injury, young men and women from our armed forces can still achieve great things.

"Until now, the three teams have been racing against one another across the Antarctic plateau, but yesterday I took the decision to suspend the race. The reason for this is entirely simple - safety, which remains the core principal of our expeditions."

Harry is being joined by 'True Blood' actor Alexander Skarsgard, competing for the US team, and British actor Dominic West, competing for the Commonwealth team.

- Bang Showbiz

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