Harry 'desperate' to get on the ice
Prince Harry is "desperate" to get started on a charity trek in the Arctic after the expedition was hit by weather-related delays.
Harry, 26, was due to leave on Friday with a team of wounded servicemen who are aiming to reach the North Pole, but will now not leave until Sunday afternoon at the earliest.
The plans were first dashed on Friday morning, when the team members learned they would have to stay in their base camp in Longyearbyen for another 24 hours.
But now the group has been left frustrated with yet another day's wait.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: "Prince Harry, like the rest of the team, is desperate to start the trek. He's chomping at the bit to get out on the ice and put his training into practice."
Since Tuesday, the third in line to the throne has been training in the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen for the expedition, which he had hoped to join for the first five days.
Expedition leader Inge Solheim said treacherous winds around Borneo Ice Airfield, as well as in the Russian city of Murmansk, had scuppered the team's preparations.
High winds at the Arctic air strip caused the delay to the runway being built, then winds in Murmansk were blowing in the wrong direction for a heavily loaded supply plane to take off.
This latest setback means it is highly unlikely the prince will be able to complete the planned five days of the Walking With The Wounded trek, because he needs to return for an important stage of his Apache helicopter training.
The palace spokesman added: "We are assessing all the options to help ensure he can still take part in as much of the trek as his military commitments will allow."