Prince Harry's 200-mile trek across the frozen wasteland of the South Pole is over. The ginger-haired royal successfully reached the end of the grueling, two-week-plus Antarctica challenge on Friday the 13th (pic at left) with his compatriots from Britain's Walking With the Wounded charity.
"Unlucky for some, lucky for us," he said shortly before the finish line.
Prince Harry, 29, who headed one of the hike's three teams (along with actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West and a dozen wounded veterans), did it to raise money and awareness for the UK-based WWTW organization, which retrains injured soldiers.
Rougher than usual conditions forced organizers to call off the competitive part of the journey, but that didn't dampen spirits. The prince, who served as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, had nothing but praise for his teammates.
"Duncan [Slater, who was wounded in Afghanistan], it's just remarkable the fact that someone with no legs has made it here," said a scruffy Harry. "And Ivan [Castro] as well, when I look across I see him being guided around, totally blind, from America, and absolutely hates the cold, and you know he's not doing it for himself, he's doing it for his buddies back home, and that goes for everybody, every single one here."
Harry called finishing "an amazing feeling," adding, "It will just prove to everybody that there's so much that can be made possible when you think that nothing is left. I'm so proud, I'm so chuffed and I'm so privileged to be here with all these guys and girls."
As for the immediate future, "I think we'll be having a few whiskies tonight, and then everyone's looking forward to getting home. Mission success."
One person presumably eager for Prince Harry's return is his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, who was seen shopping this week in London amid rumors she's heading to "princess bootcamp."
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