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Ben Fogle: Harry 'totally transformed' royal image

Prince Harry has "upped the ante" of royal achievements by trekking for four weeks across Antarctica as part of an expedition to reach the South Pole, his friend Ben Fogle has said.

The TV presenter and adventurer told NBC News that Harry will have "endeared himself to the whole country" by completing the charity trek and "totally transformed" the public view of the royal family.

Prince Harry celebrates reaching Antarctic destination

Prince Harry's expedition team reached the South Pole earlier today at 12:48pm GMT after four weeks of trekking as part of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge.

Prince Harry (left) got his hands on a trophy marking the multi-nationality group's achievement. Credit: Walking With The Wounded

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Prince Harry hails 'amazing accomplishment' after trek

Prince Harry has celebrated reaching the South Pole with a team of wounded adventurers following a charity expedition across Antarctica.

Prince Harry (front row, far left) is seen helping to hold the banner celebrating the achievement of the multi-nation group. Credit: Walking With The Wounded
The royal, who is patron of the trek, paid tribute to his fellow adventurers and the trip organisers for their "amazing accomplishment". Credit: Walking With The Wounded

Harry 'chuffed' to reach South Pole with wounded team

Prince Harry has described reaching the South Pole as an "amazing feeling" and said he was humbled by the efforts of his fellow adventurers, who have overcome various disabilities to reach the bottom of the earth.

"I’m so proud, I’m so chuffed and I’m so privileged to be here with all these guys and girls," he said in an audio recording posted on the Walking With The Wounded website, adding:

All 12 of them have different reasons for being here and I don’t think it’s necessarily sunk in yet for all of them that it will, either tonight or tomorrow or when they get back home, but what an amazing journey for every single one of them and this charity really does do amazing things.

It’s not just for the small minority that are here but hopefully in time to come through the documentary, and all the stories will get back home. It will just prove to everybody that there’s so much that can be made possible when you think that nothing is left.

The prince signed off: "I think we’ll be having a few whiskies tonight and then everyone’s looking forward to getting home. Mission success. Cheers."

Prince Harry reaches the South Pole

Prince Harry and his fellow adventurers have reached the South Pole, organisers of the Walking With The Wounded charity trek have announced.

After more than three weeks pulling sleds across the frozen wastes of Antarctica the group stood at the bottom of the world at midday.

The adventurers include 12 servicemen and women from the UK and other nations who have suffered terrible injuries, including the loss of limbs.Their trek took them more than 200 miles across the bleak continent to the geographic South Pole

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Prince Harry hopes to reach South Pole on Friday 13

Prince Harry has said the Walking With The Wounded expedition hopes to arrive at the South Pole on Friday 13 - "unlucky for some, lucky for us".

The adventurers are nearing the end of their 200-mile trek across Antarctica with their goal almost in sight.

Prince Harry and Team UK as they rest on day nine of the trek. Credit: Victoria Nicholson/WWTW/PA

Harry, who is patron of the expedition, said: "A half day on Friday and we get to the South Pole on Friday 13th , unlucky for some, lucky for us.

"The wind has dropped down, which is nice. I think everyone is feeling a bit tired but slowly getting into the rhythm. Only just got into the rhythm now and it has almost finished."

The 29-year-old prince has already said spirits are really high following the decision to suspend the competitive element of the trek.

Harry was part of a British group racing to the South Pole against teams from the Commonwealth and the US.

But the competition was stopped over the weekend after some of the adventurers, who include injured servicemen and women, became very tired after encountering difficult terrain.

Prince Harry race to South Pole halted for 'safety'

The race to the South Pole - in which Prince Harry is taking part - has been suspended.

But tonight the adventure - across 200 miles of some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth - goes on.

The organisers - the Walking with the Wounded charity - say they took the decision to stop the competition for "safety" reasons.

But as ITV News Correspondent Harry Smith reports, although the race is over, the three teams still hope to get there in the end:

Race to South Pole stopped over safety concerns

Prince Harry's race to the South Pole with Walking With The Wounded has been suspended for safety reasons, expedition director Ed Parker said.

The decision to suspend the race element was made after a "very tricky" few days of unexpectedly difficult conditions that has exhausted the competitors.

Arctic teams 'can't wait to get to the South Pole'

Team members on the Walking with the Wounded South Pole trek will now work together to reach the South Pole - the race element has been taken out of the challenge. Guy Disney, from Team Glenfiddich said:

The first four days was a full out slog. It really tested every single individual mentally and physically. We are about 112 km from the South Pole and we all can’t wait to get there as one big group.

The race has been suspended due to safety concerns arising from the adverse weather conditions.

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