Prince Harry: South Pole Expedition Suspended but Far from Over, Find Out Why

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By Riza Ornos | December 10, 2013 2:48 PM EST

For months now Prince Harry has been preparing for his 200-mile Antarctic race to the South Pole but the expedition is currently suspended due to a number of injuries and safety issues. Instead of racing to the South Pole, the Prince's team will continue the race but in a less dangerous terrain.

Organizers announced on Saturday, December 7 that the South Pole race has been suspended for safety reason but assured everyone that the race is far from over. The three teams who joined this bold expedition are Soldier On from Australia and Canada, Soldiers to Summit from U.S. and Walking With the Wounded from U.K.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the three teams will no longer compete with each other but will go at their pace to avoid any injuries. "Until now, the three teams have been racing against one another across the Antarctic plateau, but yesterday I took the decision to suspend the race," said Ed Parker, the expedition director, in a statement.

"The reason for this is entirely simple-safety, which remains the core principal of our expeditions. While all three teams were progressing well, it was becoming evident that there was a higher degree of stress imposed on the team members, due to unprecedented terrain on the plateau."

Prince Harry's team Walking With the Wounded is a U.K. charity that aims to help retrain and reeducate wounded servicemen and women. The South Pole expedition was organized by the charity and  a way for the team to raise funds for injured soldiers.

The team has endured temperatures for as low as -35C, altitude sickness and injuries caused by puling 200 lb sledges across the rugged icy landscape. Eric Philips, one of the expedition's guides has to withdraw from the race when water began seeping into his lungs and couldn't get any air to breathe.

'It became obvious that underneath the concrete determination of all the team members, the harsh reality of the Antarctic was starting to take its toll," said Ed Parker in a statement in the charity's website.

The marchers are expected to finish the new course around seven days and the teams are will be standing on the South Pole by Friday or Saturday celebrating their extraordinary accomplishment.

Prince Harry is joined by The Wire's Dominic West from the Commonwealth team of Australia and Canada, and True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard from the American team.

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