He has already joined injured veterans on treks around Britain and to the ends of the Earth and now Prince Harry is set for another gruelling test – by walking across the Sahara.
Harry, 31, told friends he plans to register to take part in the Marathon des Sables next year – a 156-mile dash in 100F heat, all while carrying a heavy survival kit on his back.
He will once again be putting himself through the pain barrier for the charity Walking With The Wounded.
Prince Harry, pictured, plans to register to take part in the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert next year
The Marathon des Sables in Morocco is described as ‘the toughest footrace on Earth’, and one of Harry’s trusted aides completed it last year in an unofficial ‘recce’.
Walking With The Wounded organiser Victoria Nicholson took part with wounded veterans Ibi Ali and Mark Wise, both of whom were part of the South Pole challenge with Prince Harry in 2013.
Ibi was an infantry officer in the Yorkshire Regiment for almost 12 years before he was injured by a roadside bomb that resulted in his right arm being amputated below the elbow.
Mark also lost his hand and lower arm during an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2009.
An insider tells me: ‘Harry plans to register for the 2017 race.
‘Victoria completed the race with veterans who had lost an arm and one conclusion they came to was that it would be almost impossible to complete with a veteran who has a leg or lower body injury. They will bear this in mind when they decide the teams.’
Typically the race takes six days, and entrants get only a few hours sleep each night. Official advice for entrants includes to Vaseline every part of the body that is covered and take an anti-venom pump.
Harry’s friend Ben Fogle, who completed the race in 2004, said: ‘I am not worried about him because he is physically very fit and anything in the desert is a busman’s holiday for him – he has seen active service in the desert, after all. If he asks for advice I’d say you look after your feet – the sand gets everywhere!’
A Palace spokesman said: ‘Prince Harry has not signed up to the Marathon des Sables.’
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