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Harry star of trek magazine cover

Prince Harry will appear on May's cover of GQ magazine as he joins a team of wounded military servicemen who are trekking to the North Pole.

The special edition front page shows the 26-year-old wearing kit for the Walking With The Wounded charity, of which he is patron.

He will arrive at the group's base camp in Longyearbyen, northern Norway, on Tuesday to begin his training, before he heads out into the frozen wasteland on Friday. Harry will be with his teammates for the first five days of the gruelling walk, which is expected to take around four weeks and will cover up to 200 miles in temperatures as low as minus 60C.

The Prince told GQ: "This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt that this country owes to those it sends off to fight - only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally.

"The debt extends beyond immediate medical care and short-term rehabilitation. These men and women have given so much. We must recognise their sacrifice, be thankful, so far as we can ever repay them for it."

His companions on the unaided challenge include four wounded soldiers seriously hurt during active service, two of them amputees. The injured Afghanistan veterans are Captain Martin Hewitt, 30, Captain Guy Disney, 28, Sergeant Steve Young, 28, and Private Jaco Van Gass, 24.

Accompanying them will be expedition leader Inge Solheim, guide Henry Cookson and charity founders Edward Parker and Simon Daglish.

Mr Solheim said: "Harry's training has been going very well - he has the right attitude. I'm sure Harry has healthy concerns about the dangers, as he should.

"You have no idea how different the Pole is from everything else on the planet. The old Norwegian explorers called it the Devil's dancefloor. It is unpredictable. Deadly. If you're not paying attention, it will just slap you. You can walk 10 miles in one day, pitch your tent overnight, and the ice will have drifted you back 11 miles in the opposite direction."

The May issue of GQ is available from Thursday and a donation from each copy sold will go to the Walking With The Wounded charity. To donate visit www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk.

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