The royal is facing off against actor Alexander Skarsgard and a team from the US in a race to reach the South Pole
Prince Harry took his Antarctic mission training to the next level last night (17 Sept.) as he endured a night of freezing temperatures and fast winds, similar to the ones he will soon me facing on a daily basis, by spending the night in a freezer. The prince and his crew of wounded former-servicemen from across the Commonwealth climbed into the industrial freezer space in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, in order to acclimatise themselves for the harsh Antarctic weather.
Prince Harry and Alexander Skarsgard will face-off in a race to the South Pole
Both Harry and Swedish-born Alexander, who will be racing against the Prince and his Commonwealth teammates as part of a crew representing the US, will race for 200 miles through one of the harshest environments on Earth and used the facility, which normally tests the durability of vehicles, to test themselves. According to the BBC, they were subjected to temperatures of -35C and wind speeds of 45 mph in the Nuneaton testing centre, as they prepared themselves for conditions that could be much worse when they are down in the icy tundra.
In the weather chamber, the crew completed various exercises and training routines that they would have to undertake whilst in the harst conditions of the Antarctic, such as putting up tents and warming themselves up through riding bikes and using cross-trainers. And following their first attempt, team-member Major Kate Philp agreed that the prince will make a good companion. She said, "He knows what he's doing. He's got his military training... so he's a good extra pair of hands."
Harry's military training will come in handy on the expedition
Someone who isn't quite as confident for Harry's team however is Skarsgard, who reckons the US team will ease to victory against the royal and his crew. He told People recently that he still hasn't met Harry, but he plans on doing so at the finish line. He said, "I'm pretty stubborn and motivated and I don't give up easily," adding, "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!"