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Prince Harry chills out (literally) to train for South Pole trek

Sep. 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM ET

Video: The prince underwent training in order to prepare for the frigid conditions he will face when he travels to the South Pole this winter. Harry, who is making the trip to race with wounded veterans, said that the worst part about the freezer was “going in.”

On Tuesday Prince Harry was just chillin' — literally — as he began training for a winter trek to the South Pole.

Harry, 29, spent the night in a giant freezer to get his body used to the frigid conditions he'll endure during an Antarctic charity race with wounded veterans.

After a 20-hour stay in a cold chamber at an Army test facility — surviving minus-31-degree temperatures and simulated 45 mile-per-hour winds — his royal highness the Princicle joked that it was a "cold night's sleep."

Four British servicemen and women who had lost limbs in Afghanistan joined him in the freezer. The group was closely monitored throughout the night as they simulated exercise on bikes and cross-trainers to prepare for the race.

Harry's team will face competitors from Britain and the U.S., trekking between 9 and 12 miles each day in the 200-mile Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge. The race is organized by the Walking with the Wounded charity.

Harry's not the only celebrity willing to face the frost. "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard will head the U.S. team, and Dominic West ("The Wire") will lead the British Commonwealth team.

When asked about the most challenging part of the experience, Harry said: "Going in."

The race begins in November and is expected to last about 15 days. 

Britain's Prince Harry helps take down a tent during a cold chamber training exercise with the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 20...
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Harry bundled up for a cold chamber training exercise with the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 British team at Nuneaton in central England.
Britain's Prince Harry (2nd R) helps take down a tent during a cold chamber training exercise with the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Chal...
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Harry (second from right) helps take down a tent.
Britain's Prince Harry leaves his tent during a cold chamber training exercise with the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 Brit...
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Harry leaves his tent.
Britain's Prince Harry warms his hands after a cold chamber training exercise with the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 Briti...
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The prince warms his hands.
Britain's Prince Harry eats a biscuit after a cold chamber training exercise with the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 Britis...
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Time out for a (cold) cracker.
epa03870924 An handout image provided by Walking With the Wounded in London, Britain, on 17 September 2013 shows Prince Harry of Wales (L) and his fel...
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Harry (far left) and his teammates train on exercise gear in low-temperature conditions.
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