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Prince Harry's South Pole trek to be aired on television

11 MARCH 2014 Prince Harry and his team of wounded ex-service men and women completed their trek to the South Pole last December, and now their emotional journey will be broadcast on TV.

The spirited royal and his teammates will be the focus of a two-part factual series called Harry's South Pole Heroes, which will air on Sunday 16 March and Sunday 23 March on ITV at 8pm.

The show relives the epic 200km journey that the three teams — representing the UK, the US and the Commonwealth — undertook in aid of charity Walking With The Wounded.

Scroll down for a video of Harry and his group reaching the South Pole.

 



Originally a race, the teams abandoned the competitive element as they helped each other plough on through the snow in temperatures as low as -40 degrees celsius. Viewers will be able to get a raw insight into their traumatic experiences and their determination to overcome life-changing injuries.

"It's not just about fitness, it's about knowing exactly what you can and can't do," Harry is filmed saying in one scene. "I'm terrified for myself to be honest, hugely daunted, so I can't even begin to imagine what it's going to be like for them."

Harry, who fronted Team UK, was joined by double leg amputee Duncan Slater, arm amputee Ibrar Ali MC, left leg amputee Kate Philp, right leg amputee Guy Disney, a member of the Yorkshire Regiment and guide Conrad Dickinson in his group.

 



"To take a double amputee to the South Pole, it's really going to be quite a moving moment when we get there," said Harry. "For me, it's bigger than just these guys, we are trying to raise money but also raise awareness for the fact that the injuries they have sustained they are going to carry for the rest of their lives."

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In the first episode, Harry and all three teams are filmed visiting Buckingham Palace where they met the Queen before their departure. Harry bids farewell to his grandmother, while his teammates are also seen saying tearful goodbyes to their friends and family.

The group trained in Iceland as well as spending a night in a freezer in the East Midlands, where they endured temperatures more than 30 degrees celsius colder than it was in Iceland.

 



During the challenge, the teams skied for up to nine hours a day, hauling 80 kilos of kit through the snow. Four days in, the exhausted teams were dropped a bombshell by expedition director Ed Parker.

"Right at the beginning of this our aim was to get 12 wounded individuals onto the pole," Ed is filmed saying. "If we go on like this, we are simply not going to do it. I have decided the race is over."

The teams came together as one united expedition and on Friday 13th December, they completed the trek.

"Feelings? Relief, I think, is probably the biggest one," Harry said. "Not just for me but for everybody."

Despite lost limbs, burns, blindness and psychological injury, the teams overcame everything the Antarctic could throw at them. "What happened in Afghan took my legs, it didn't take my spirit," said Duncan.

Watch Harry and his teams arrive at the South Pole...

 
 

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