Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Ice-plunge Harry feels the pinch

Prince Harry tries out an immersion suit (PA)
Walking With The Wounded team members, including Prince Harry, try out immersion suits on the island of Spitsbergen
Prince Harry sets up his tent as he joins the Walking with the Wounded team on the island of Spitsbergen

Prince Harry joked about his crown jewels after he did a running jump into sub-zero water in the Arctic.

After he took the plunge in a bright orange immersion suit, the third-in-line to the throne commented on the effect the sub-zero temperature was having.

The 26-year-old is in the final few days of training before he joins a group of wounded servicemen for the first five days of their trek to the North Pole.

The prince leapt bottom-first into an open stretch of water in the Arctic Ocean ice in his fully waterproof suit.

Moments before, he led the Walking With The Wounded charity co-founder, Ed Parker, to the edge and pushed him in.

Asked what it was like in the minus 1C salt water, the royal said it was a "silly question", then joked it was "warm".

When he first took the plunge, Prince Harry said: "It went up my nose." He then said to Mr Parker: "It had to be done."

On Friday, the prince will fly out to the start point of the 200 mile trek through the frozen wasteland.

Later, Harry set up camp in a valley near Longyearbyen.

Reindeer scurried into the hills as he pulled his sled up to the patch of snow and ice which was to be his home for the night.

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