Prince Harry hopes to join troops on Pole trek

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 19 at 3:05 PM

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry says he hopes to join a group of disabled soldiers in a charity expedition to the North Pole to raise money for wounded troops.

The 25-year-old prince, who is patron of the four-week trek campaign, launched the event in London Friday.

The participants — ex-soldiers who lost their limbs while serving — aim to cover up to 300 miles (483 kilometers) across the frozen Arctic Ocean, taking the Siberian approach to the North Pole next spring. They hope to become the first amputees to reach the pole.

Harry said he would love to join the team for part of the route, "if my military commitments allow me."

The prince is training to become a helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps.

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