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Prince Harry and South Pole team flying to South Africa

Prince Harry and the South Pole teams were due to fly from the South Pole to Novo airbase yesterday, December 17 , and then onto Cape Town by the end of the week.

Teams are returning to the UK on December 23, so any delay would have seen their return home before Christmas jeopardised.

Prince Harry in the Antarctic. Credit: ITV News

In a voice blog left with expedition HQ in London, co-founder of Walking With The Wounded and Team Noom mentor, Ed Parker, said:

"Now on a very blustery, very snowy day, with a blizzard coming, we are about to fly out to, well we are about to be dragged out on the back of a skidoo to our Aleutian aircraft.

"That Aleutian aircraft will be flying us back to Cape Town, where we have a few days of decompression before returning home to our loved ones."

Storm to hit base where Harry was staying 'within hours'

An extreme storm forecast for Antarctic base Novo where Prince Harry has been staying on his South Pole trek was expected to hit within the next few hours. If the teams had been caught in the storm, the expedition's return would "certainly have been delayed," charity Walking With the Wounded said.

Prince Harry (left) got his hands on a trophy. Credit: Walking With The Wounded

Catherine Murphy, a Met Office forecaster working on location at Rothera, Antarctica, with the British Antarctic Survey, said:

“An intense area of low pressure is moving towards the Novo area bringing thick cloud, some snow and winds gusting up to 40mph or more.

This could cause drifting snow or, as the winds strengthen, whiteout conditions which make travel difficult or impossible. These conditions could last for several days as the weather system moves through.”

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Prince Harry evacuated from South Pole ahead of extreme storms

Prince Harry and Team UK as they rest on day nine of the tre Credit: ictoria Nicholson/WWTW/PA

Prince Harry and his the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge team have had to be evacuated from the South Pole before a forecast major Antarctic storm swept in to hit airbase Nova, where they were staying, the Charity Walking With the Wounded said.

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.

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