During an interview with the Today show, Prince Harry talked about the extreme weather conditions that have put his South Pole trek on hold, showing off some new facial hair ahead of the excursion. Prince Harry is part of Team UK, named Team Glenfiddich, for the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge. The group traveled from Cape Town, South Africa, to Novolazarevskaya Station in Antarctica last week to adjust to freezing temperatures, but extreme conditions have forced them to stay inside for part of their trip. Prince Harry told Today, "It's amazing how in six hours your morale can go from — I mean, it was pretty high. Almost, sort of, pouring over the edge. And suddenly, rock bottom." He added that while it's usually sunny with blue skies this time of year, the weather forecast seems to be getting worse.
Prince Harry's team isn't the only one affected by the conditions. Team USA, which includes Alexander Skarsgard, had to delay their trip from South Africa last week, eventually departing this past Friday. Still, despite what Prince Harry said, his morale doesn't seem to be too low, as he was busy laughing and making funny faces at the group on camera. He was also all smiles alongside actor Dominic West, a member of Team Commonwealth, while the pair checked kit weights for their trek.
Prince William and his wife, Kate, were up and at 'em this morning! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched a dance performance and met with young artists-in-training at the organization Only Connect's London headquarters, where even baby Prince George got a special gift! We have the latest on Will and Kate, plus details on Prince Charles and Prince Harry's foreign adventures, in today's installment of the Royal Report. On Allie: Halston Heritage dress
Both Prince William and Prince Harry are doing their part to give back this week, each of them stepping out to raise awareness for a cause. On Monday, the Duke of Cambridge visited the British Academy of Film and Television Arts headquarters in London to launch the Give Something Back campaign. BAFTA's initiative encourages film and TV professionals to share their insights and experiences with young people, organizing mentor programs, scholarships, and Summer internships. Speaking at the event, Prince William said, "Today more than ever, young people and career starters need nurture and support to achieve their potential and to succeed. This includes the chance to learn from and work side by side with the best in the business."
Meanwhile, his brother, Prince Harry, popped up in Cape Town, South Africa, ahead of his South Pole expedition. Last week, he made a Trafalgar Square appearance with the rest of the group who will be participating in the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge. Prince Harry will be joining wounded servicemen and women on Team UK (named Team Glenfiddich) for a 220-mile trek across Antarctica, competing against Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard, who will be part of Team Commonwealth and Team USA, respectively. From Cape Town, the teams will travel to Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica, on Nov. 19, where they'll adjust to the freezing temperatures. On Nov. 30, all three teams will race the 220 miles, and they're expected to reach the finish line on Dec. 16.
Prince Harry joined his Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge trekkers at Trafalgar Square in London on Thursday for the official launch of the South Pole race. On Wednesday, the group gathered at Buckingham Palace to meet with a very familiar face: Harry's grandma, Queen Elizabeth II. Harry showed the queen and Prince Philip the snowsuit and a sled that he and his team will be using as they make their charity trek to the South Pole. He also joked with his fellow trekkers and his grandma, joking about how "scary" it was to share a tent with one of the Walking With the Wounded organizers and caused the Queen to giggle when he referred to her as "granny."
Harry will serve on Team UK (named Team Glenfiddich), which is made up of wounded veterans. He will have star competition on his journey against Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard, who will serve on Team Commonwealth and Team USA, respectively. The three seven-man teams will depart from London to Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday, Nov. 17, to start their journey to Antarctica. They will then travel to Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica, on Nov. 19 to adjust to the freezing temperature. Then, on Nov. 30, the three teams will race the 220 miles from 87° south to the South Pole. They are expected to reach the finish line on Dec. 16.
Harry has long been a supporter of Walking With the Wounded and charities that support wounded veterans, having served in the British Army since 2005. Last week, Prince Harry was joined by his grandfather in their first joint appearance to lay a wreath of poppies at the Field of Remembrances at Westminster Abbey ahead of Remembrance Day.
Prince Charles turn 65 today, and he'll be celebrating his birthday in India before heading to Sri Lanka for another official visit. He and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have spent the past week on a royal tour of India, stopping at the Akshardham Temple, meeting with troops at the Indian Military Academy, and participating in a traditional Aarti ceremony in Dehradun. The couple's trip is the latest in a long legacy of royal tours. Earlier this year, Prince Harry headed to America, pulling the weight for his brother, as new parents Prince William and Kate Middleton are not taking an international royal tour in 2013.
The royals have lodged fewer frequent-flier miles than in 2012, the year of the queen's Diamond Jubilee. All the major royals traveled overseas to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. Prince William and his wife, Kate, took the British royal family show on the road for a nine-day tour of the Far East, while Prince Harry did his part paying a visit to countries in Central America and the Caribbean on behalf of Her Majesty. But even without a major milestone to celebrate, the British royals have been traveling the globe for decades. To compare the past and present royal tours, take a look at royals around the world throughout the years.
Prince William and Kate Middleton joined thousands in central London on Sunday to honor servicemen and women who have fallen in combat for their country. Kate watched Great Britain's annual tribute from a nearby balcony, looking on as Prince William and Prince Harry laid symbolic wreaths of red poppies on the Cenotaph war memorial with their grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Queen Elizabeth led the solemn Remembrance Day service, which included a two-minute silence. Remembrance Day, which is tomorrow, is the British version of America's Veterans Day and marks the conclusion of World War I, which ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
The ceremony came after a busy week for the royals. On Thursday, Prince William and Kate participated in Poppy Day events, riding a public bus and chatting with volunteers with the Royal British Legion, which sells red poppies to raise funds for members of the British Armed Forces. Red poppies are worn to symbolize the blood spilled in war. Later that day, Prince William scrubbed in surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital as part of his duties as the president of the Royal Marsden National Health Service Foundation Trust.
Kate Middleton and Prince William proudly wore red poppy pins as they met with poppy sellers at London tube stations ahead of Poppy Day in England. The two rode a public bus with several other Poppy Day VIPs and arrived at the High Street subway station to chat with volunteers with the Royal British Legion, one of the charities that sells red poppies to raise funds for members of the British Armed Forces and their families. The red poppies are popular ahead of Remembrance Day (the British version of what we call Veterans Day), and many celebrities can be seen wearing the red pins ahead of Nov. 11. The Duchess of Cambridge braved the chilly weather in a red coat by L.K.Bennett (which she previously wore to an event in 2011), black tights, and matching black heels, while the Duke of Cambridge wore a simple navy suit. It looked as if Kate was sporting a new hairstyle, opting for a center part rather than her usual side part. While chatting with her fellow commuters, Kate revealed that she has flown a plane before. She told a group of men from the Royal Air Force, "My grandfather flew planes. I've had a few lessons on fixed wing." Kate's grandfather Peter Middleton was a pilot with the RAF.
Prince William recently left his post as a search and rescue pilot with the RAF to focus on his royal duties. William has been slowly increasing his royal profile over the past month, including taking part of his first investiture service several weeks ago and representing the queen this week while meeting with the president of South Korea during a state visit. William and Kate have been increasing their royal duties ever since they welcomed Prince George in July.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Poppy Day visit wasn't the only Remembrance Day-related visit that was on the schedule for the younger members of the royal family. Prince Harry attended a remembrance service at Westminster Abbey today with Prince Philip. The young royal was clad in his Household Calvary Cloak Order and looked somber while walking into the church. This marks the first time that Harry has done a joint engagement with his grandfather.
Bus or tube? The answer for Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate, today was both! The royal couple explored London's transportation system on behalf of Poppy Day. For the special occasion, Kate was decked out in what we're calling her "November coat." Watch now to find out why!