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Prince Harry spends night in giant freezer for South Pole trek

Prince Harry has spent the night in a giant freezer to simulate the gruelling conditions he will face when he treks to the South Pole this winter - reports The Guardian.

The 29-year-old, who will race with a team of injured British servicemen and women against US and Commonwealth groups, was subjected to ambient temperatures of -35C (-31F), with wind speeds of 45mph.

Harry, patron of the Walking with the Wounded charity, joked that it was a cold night's sleep. When asked what was the worst part, he said: "Going in."

The prince spent about 20 hours in the cold chamber at Mira in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, where cars and military vehicles are put through their paces.

Alongside his four teammates – all of whom had limbs amputated after being injured in Afghanistan – Harry practised with the clothing he will wear on the 200-mile expedition and learned how to avoid frost-nip and frostbite in the inhospitable climate in Antarctica.

The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge will begin in late November and last around 15 days and the teams will trek between nine and 12 miles each day.

Harry, who took part in the Walking with the Wounded trek to the North Pole in 2011 for five days, is patron of the Antarctica expedition.

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