British royal Prince Harry has been forced to suspend his expedition to the South Pole due to safety concerns. The prince is taking part in a race across the Antarctic against teams headed by actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West, but organisers halted the trek on Friday (06Dec13) as the adventurers encountered dangerous terrain.
The challenge's director Ed Parker reveals the participants were struggling with the conditions, and concerns for their safety promoted organisers to stop the mission.
Speaking on Saturday (07Dec13), Parker explained, "Until now, the three teams have been racing against one another across the Antarctic plateau, but yesterday I took the decision to suspend the race. The reason for this is entirely simple - safety, which remains the core principle of our expeditions.
"While all three teams were progressing well, it was becoming evident that there was a higher degree of stress imposed on the team members, due to unprecedented terrain on the plateau."
The Walking With the Wounded trek, which is raising money for injured troops, is expected to resume, although the teams will no longer be encouraged to race each other to the South Pole.
Prince Harry and his team of adventurers have been confined to their basic accommodation blocks in the Antarctic as bad weather caused further delays in preparations for their South Pole trek on Sunday (24Nov13). The royal touched down in Novolazarevskaya Station on Friday (22Nov13) after bad weather forced him and the rest of his Walking With the Wounded team to remain at the Russian research headquarters for longer than planned.
A snow storm and high winds have now further delayed their preparations for The South Pole Allied Challenge as Harry and company have been unable to complete scheduled skiing exercises designed to help them acclimatise to the harsh conditions.
The trek is due to begin on 30 November, with Prince Harry leading the British Walking With the Wounded team in a 208-mile race against an American team led by True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard and a commonwealth team fronted by The Wire actor Dominic West.
The teams hope to complete their journeys across the Antarctic Plateau by 16 December (13), raising money for injured soldiers in the process.
Prince Harry's charity trek to the South Pole has been delayed by 24 hours due to bad weather conditions. The red-headed royal arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday (17Nov13) and had expected to fly to the Novo Airbase in Antarctica on Monday (18Nov13) to begin final preparations as he acclimatises himself to the chilly conditions.
However, the flight with his team of disabled British war veterans had to be postponed as a result of strong winds.
A royal spokesperson says, "Their flight to Novo has now been delayed by at least 24 hours due to poor weather conditions in Antarctica. The teams will remain in Cape Town until the weather has improved."
Harry and his pals will race against a group of American veterans led by True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard, while The Wire star Dominic West will head up a Commonwealth team and race to the southern tip of the world as part of a 16-day Walking With The Wounded challenge.
They will set off on the 208-mile (335-kilometre) challenge on 30 November (13) and all aim to reach their destination in the South Pole by 16 December (13), raising funds for wounded soldiers in the process.
British royal Prince Harry's upcoming expedition to the South Pole will be made all the more remarkable by the fact he'll be nursing a broken toe. The new uncle will lead a team of disabled British war veterans to the southern tip of the world as part of a 16-day Walking With the Wounded challenge next month (Nov13), and a Buckingham Palace spokesman has confirmed the red-headed royal is nursing an injury as he prepares for the trek.
But the royal spokesman insists, "There is no doubt about the South Pole trek. He will definitely be going."
Not much is known about the broken toe other than the fact that the prince broke it recently.
He will be joined by actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West for the Walking With the Wounded trek. Harry was last spotted at his nephew's christening last week (ends25Oct13).
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Actor Alexander Skarsgard has vowed to triumph over British royal Prince Harry when they are pitched against each other in a charity trek to the South Pole. The True Blood star will lead one of the international teams of wounded war veterans in the race, going up against a group led by the prince and another commanded by The Wire star Dominic West.
Skarsgard has now spoken about his involvement in the trek, promising to cross the finish line before the British royal.
He tells People.com, "I'm pretty stubborn and motivated and I don't give up easily. I'm very focused and we're not going to lose!.. I'm very excited to meet him. I'll be with my U.S. teammates at the South Pole welcoming him. I'll be happy to see him when he arrives. We will be there first though!"
The 208-mile (335-kilometre) challenge, which kicks off in November (13), will raise money for charities which help wounded soldiers, and Skarsgard admits he deeply admires Prince Harry for championing such good causes.
He adds, "I'm going to give him a high five when I meet him... I admire him for being involved with Walking with the Wounded for a couple of years and taking the time to help wounded soldiers. It's going to be an honour to meet him."
Actor Alexander Skarsgard is to join Britain's Prince Harry on a charity trek to the South Pole. The True Blood star will lead a team of wounded American soldiers in a race against the royal's British rivals and a third troupe from the Commonwealth nations led by The Wire's Dominic West.
The teams will cover a distance of around 208 miles (335 kilometres) and those taking part have already started a gruelling training routine.
The Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, which will raise money for charities to help wounded soldiers, will take place in November (13).
Britain's Prince Harry is to be locked in a freezing cold chamber for 24 hours ahead of his challenge to reach the South Pole. The royal will experience simulated blizzards and icy temperatures as he and his teammates test their equipment for the upcoming Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge in November (13).
A spokesperson says, "They will use cross trainers to simulate skiing. They will ski for two hours at a time before breaking for around 10 minutes. Then they will repeat this for 12 hours after which they will set camp for the night."
The 28-year-old prince and The Wire star Dominic West are leading teams of wounded troops on a 208-mile (335-kilometre) expedition across Antarctica for the charity trek.
Actor Joshua Jackson is heading back to TV for a new show. The former Dawson's Creek star has been cast in upcoming series The Affair as Cole, a cowboy who manages a Long Island, New York ranch that has been in his family for generations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show will centre around the wife of his character's infidelities with Noah, played by Dominic West.
Ruth Wilson will play Jackson's wife and Maura Tierney has been cast as West's other half.
Jackson's last TV show, Fringe, ended in January (13), after five seasons.
British actor Dominic West has become a father for the fifth time. The Wire star already has three children with his wife Catherine FitzGerald and they added to their brood earlier this year (13) by welcoming a daughter.
The birth was not revealed at the time but West, who also has a daughter from a previous relationship with Polly Astor, has now decided to go public with his baby news.
He tells Britain's The Times Magazine, "I ought to get my n**s chopped off. I just had my fifth child, a daughter, last month."