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  • 21 January 2014, 9:12

Harry's Arctic Reunion To Help Injured Veterans

Prince Harry is expected to use a reunion with his South Pole challengers in London today to further highlight the need to support injured servicemen and women.

The Apache helicopter pilot, who last week announced he is moving to a new job with the Army based in London, will also emphasise the importance of supporting all personnel returning home as a complete draw-down of British forces in Afghanistan approaches.

Captain Harry Wales completed a trek to the South Pole last year alongside single and double amputee ex-servicemen and women to raise money for the charity Walking With The Wounded.

While in the Antarctic, Harry, who is also the charity's patron, told Sky News: "Every single person who takes part in this challenge is extraordinary.

"The fact these guys have made it to this point is extraordinary and I count myself incredibly lucky to be part of it."

The challenge, beset with delays due to worse-than-expected weather conditions, saw many of those taking part struggle with altitude sickness.

Prince Harry is also understood to have struggled with the severe temperatures and altitude for the 200-mile race to the South Pole.

Such were the conditions that Harry's British team, in the lead after four days, joined forces with the US and Commonwealth teams with a sole objective: for everyone to reach the planet's southern-most point.

Before making his speech at a central London hotel today, the fourth-in-line to the throne will be reunited with his British team-mates including Duncan Slater, Ibrar Ali, Kate Philp, Guy Disney, guide Conrad Dickinson and mentor Richard Eyre.

Harry is due to take up a new role with the Army based at Horse Guards Parade in Westminster in a move signalling the end of the 29 year old's period of operational duties.

He is expected to use the move as an opportunity to bring the Warrior Games for injured personnel to London by the end of the year.

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