Prince Harry to join North Pole trek

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Prince Harry will join wounded soldiers on a charity trek to the North Pole, his spokesman said Friday, but will be back in time to be best man for his brother Prince William's wedding next month.

The prince, the youngest son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and Diana, will join four wounded soldiers, including two amputees, in a five-day trek from Longyearbyen in northern Norway next week.

He will be back in Britain in time to organise his older brother's stag night and to perform other duties as best man at William's wedding to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29.

Harry, 26, is taking part in his role as patron of the charity Walking with the Wounded.

He will join the team, which will also include two expedition leaders and a Norwegian polar guide, on March 29 and train for three days before setting off on the expedition high above the Arctic Circle.

The prince will leave the ice on April 5 and return to work. He is currently training to be an Apache helicopter pilot with the British army.

The team's expedition will last four weeks and see them cover up to 200 miles (320 kilometres) of the frozen Arctic Ocean on foot, pulling their own equipment in temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Centigrade.

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