Prince Harry took it hard when he got the news of the death of his South Pole charity trek friend, Jules Roberts. He was only 37 years old.
The Duke sent a private note to the funeral of Jules, who he met back in 2013 as the two trained together for the gruelling trek to the South Pole in aid of Forces charity Walking with the Wounded, a report reveals. Prince Harry also sent flowers to Jules’ wife Francesca and their two-year-old daughter.
Jules was found dead earlier this month, on August 5th, and was later cremated in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Back in December of 2013, Harry trekked to the South Pole, a feat he accomplished thanks to the training he got from Jules. In preparation for the expedition, the royal had to take part in multiple gruelling tasks, including a 24-hour training exercise.
The Prince, who was 28 years old at the time, was accompanied by a team he was part of, Team Glenfiddich. Together they would go inside special environmental test chambers which stimulated the extreme conditions they would face in Antarctica. Harry, along with his teammates, who all had either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty, managed to cover over 200 miles in total between November and December. During the expedition, they would go through 10 miles per day, all while enduring temperatures as low as -45°C and going against 50mph winds while pulling heavy sledges.
The bad news came when Harry was preparing to go to Ibiza to celebrate his wife Meghan’s 38th birthday. The royal couple, along with their three-month-old son, went on a week-long escape to the Spanish Island, being there from August 6th through 12th.