And the Queen didn't even know about it

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Prince Harry has revealed his dad Prince Charles was very concerned about his expedition to the North Pole with a team of wounded Afghanistan soldiers.

A BBC documentary will be aired this month about Harry‘s adventure, which he kept a secret from the Queen and Prince Philip.

‘My father obviously knew I was coming out here and so did my brother,’ says Harry, 26.

‘But I kind of kept it quiet

‘So my grandparents and the rest of my family probably just found out about it and they may think I’m completely mad.’

Harry was exposed to temperatures of -45°c and spent a short time at the Spitsbergen base camp on the Norwegian island of Svalbard, where a polar bear recently killed a schoolboy.

‘My father was very nervous because of the lack of training that I’ve done and quite rightly so,’ he admits on screen.

‘He’s got a lot of friends who have done this.

‘He’s got professional opinions that no doubt would have advised him saying, “Do not let your son go”.’

The 2-part documentary Harry’s Arctic Heroes starts on BBC1 on 23 August at 9pm. 

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