Prince Harry back from Arctic as ice runway fixed

Fri Apr 8, 2011 3:30pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry flew back to Britain on Friday after a trek in the Arctic lasted longer than planned because of a broken ice runway, a royal spokesman said.

The younger son of heir to the throne Prince Charles joined a group of wounded servicemen late last month for the first part of their challenging expedition headed for the North Pole.

"He was due to leave just over a day ago, he's been delayed a day... It required some rebuilding of the runway," the spokesman said.

The group said in a blog on their website that a crack had appeared in the runway.

"We've had our supper and we are waiting for the helicopter to come and pick up Prince Harry, sadly, but it's been great having him with us," they said in a post on Friday.

The trekkers, two of them amputees, aim to raise money to help wounded soldiers rebuild their lives.

(Reporting by Olesya Dmitracova)

<p>Britain's Prince Harry (C) speaks with Walking with the Wounded team leader Inge Solheim, on the island of Spitsbergen, between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole March 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Cheskin/Pool</p>