Royal Trek: Prince Harry to Walk to North Pole for British Army Vets

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Prince Harry attends a memorial service for British troops who lost their lives in Afghanistan. (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Weeks before Prince William walks down the aisle, his younger brother, Prince Harry, will embark on a perilous journey of his own—a 200-mile charity trek to the North Pole to raise $3.1 million for British Army veterans.

During the expedition, Walking With the Wounded, the Royal Heir will brave polar bears, high winds, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures—but he won’t be alone.

His team will include four men injured on the front lines in Afghanistan, including two amputees, in addition to one of the world’s premier polar experts, reports Ecorazzi.

“I am so proud to be patron of Walking With the Wounded,” the prince said to the London Evening Standard. “This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt this country owes to those it sends off to fight—only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally.”

The prince, who served 77 days on the front lines in Afghanistan, has commenced a vigorous training regimen for the trek. The group will drag their supplies behind them in heavy carriers called polks.

Aiming to give hope to vets who may feel discouraged once returning home from the battlefield, Walking With the Wounded provides funding for educational projects as well as workplace skill-training sessions.

“We must recognize their sacrifice, be thankful, and, so far as we can ever, repay them for it,” said Prince Harry.

The one snag in the Prince's expedition?

Timing.

His expedition is scheduled to reach the North Pole on April 25, only four days before Prince William is set to marry Kate Middleton on April 29, reports Ecorazzi.