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Prince Harry hints at Everest bid

Prince Harry has hinted he would like to be involved in an expedition to Mount Everest.

The 26-year-old royal, who joined a group of wounded servicemen for four days of a successful trip to the North Pole, said to a charity founder: "See you on the next one."

Harry was reunited with his team-mates in London for the first time since he left them in the Arctic wilderness a little under three weeks ago.

Walking With The Wounded, which aims to raise £2 million for other wounded servicemen and women, plans to conquer the world's highest mountain in May next year.

Speaking about his time on the frozen ocean, Harry said: "It is the last true wilderness on earth, the North Pole. To walk somewhere where no-one else will walk ever again - because of the ice melting, or probably that we went the wrong way - is very special."

All four wounded men sustained their life-changing injuries while fighting in Afghanistan.

Captain Martin Hewitt, 30, from Widnes in Cheshire, was left with a paralysed right arm after being shot and Captain Guy Disney, 29, from Oxford, had his right leg amputated below the knee after he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).

Sergeant Stephen Young, 28, from Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taf, suffered a broken back after his vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED), and Private Jaco van Gass, 24, from South Africa, had his left arm amputated and was left with significant tissue loss to his left leg when he too was hit by an RPG.

Simon Daglish, 45, and Ed Parker, also 45, the co-founders of the charity which aims to raise £2 million for other injured servicemen and women, completed the group led by Inge Solheim, 38, a polar expert.

Speaking about his team-mates, Harry said: "These guys are very, very special and hugely modest. Notice how none of them have actually talked about themselves at all. It's clearly obvious to everybody in this room, family and friends, and all the support as well, just quite how unbelievably inspirational these guys are."


From Belfast Telegraph