Prince Harry hints he may climb Everest for charity

Prince Harry
Image caption Prince Harry is patron of the charity, Walking with the Wounded

Prince Harry has hinted that he would like to be involved in a charity expedition to Mount Everest.

The 26-year-old, who recently joined injured servicemen for part of their trek to the North Pole, said he might like to tackle their next challenge.

Prince Harry said he would never forget his Arctic trip and referred to his tent as his "pleasure dome".

The charity, Walking With The Wounded, plans to conquer the world's highest mountain next May.

The prince, who is patron of the charity, was reunited with the four injured servicemen who made it to the North Pole earlier this month. Prince Harry accompanied them for four days of their 13-day trek across the polar ice cap.

Speaking at a press conference to welcome them home, he said: "See you on the next one."

'Unbelievably inspirational'

The third in line to the throne said the North Pole was "the last true wilderness on earth".

"To walk somewhere where no-one else will walk ever again - because of the ice melting, or probably that we went the wrong way - is very special," he said.

The four wounded men sustained their injuries while fighting in Afghanistan and the prince described them as "unbelievably inspirational".

Image caption Prince Harry, in an immersion suit, training for the expedition

Capt Martin Hewitt, 30, from Widnes in Cheshire, was left with a paralysed right arm after being shot and Capt Guy Disney, 29, from Oxford, had his right leg amputated below the knee after he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Sgt Stephen Young, 28, from Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taf, suffered a broken back in a roadside bombing, and Pte Jaco van Gass, 24, from South Africa, had his left arm amputated and was left with significant tissue loss to his left leg when he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Simon Daglish and Ed Parker, co-founders of the charity which aims to raise £2m for other injured servicemen and women, completed the group led by polar expert Inge Solheim.

Speaking about his teammates, Prince Harry said: "These guys are very very special and hugely modest.

"Notice how none of them have actually talked about themselves at all. It's clearly obvious to everybody in this room, family and friends, and all the support as well, just quite how unbelievably inspirational these guys are."

The prince joked about his experience with Mr Solheim, who he shared a tent with during the expedition.

"To spend time with Inge was emotional," he said. "I spent four days with him in his pleasure dome - not like that - was truly an amazing experience and I don't think there's anyone that could have possibly done this job better than him."

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