Posted on Mon Mar 28, 2011 03:47 PM PDT
As the world gears up for the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th, William's little brother Harry is stealing some of the spotlight for himself -- for a good cause.
Harry covers the May issue of British GQ in honor of his upcoming North Pole trek with "Walking with the Wounded", a team of wounded British soldiers who aim to be the first amputees to reach the pole and raise 2 million pounds (3.2 million dollars) for charities that focus on the rehabilitation of British ex-servicemen and women.
The trek starts later this week and the team aims to finish no later than April 26th -- in time to get Harry back home for his brother's wedding, of course. Experts put the team's chances of succeeding at 40 to 60 per cent.
But Harry, a patron of the team, is not daunted by the task. "This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt that this country owes to those it sends off to fight - only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally," he told the mag. "The debt extends beyond immediate medical care and short-term rehabilitation. These men and women have given so much. We must recognize their sacrifice, be thankful, so far as we can ever repay them for it."
Harry also joked about being on the cover of the mag, saying, "Well, so long as I can have one for the dartboard at home, I'm happy to oblige."
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