Royals watchers and supporters of wounded veterans alike have been keeping a close eye on the trek made by a team of hardy individuals, including Prince Harry, to the South Pole for charity. They arrived at their destination early Friday morning, completing an impressive 200-mile feat.
Three teams made of people from the U.S. and Commonwealth of Nations set out from a base camp in Antarctica late last month on a race to the South Pole for Walking With The Wounded, a UK-based charity that provides re-training and re-education for wounded servicemen and women.
Virgin Money teamed up with WWTW for the endeavor and says it has raised over £91,000 for the charity.
Many injured veterans took part in the South Pole challenge, and though the competitive aspect was ultimately called off due to harsh weather conditions and safety considerations, the groups banded together and pressed on to complete the walk.
Prince Harry, 29, has worked with the charity in the past and is a service member himself. He has served in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter pilot and participated in a similar journey to the North Pole with WWTW in 2011.
Actors Dominic West (300, The Wire) and Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) also made the journey and arrived with the rest of the team at their destination at approximately 7:48 a.m. EST.
"I’m so proud, I’m so chuffed and I’m so privileged to be here with all these guys and girls, and well done to Ed and Dags and everyone who’s organised this, what an amazing accomplishment," Prince Harry said upon completing the challenge. "I think we’ll be having a few whiskies tonight and then everyone’s looking forward to getting home. Mission success.”