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Prince Harry's 'debilitating' injury he pushed through

The Duke of Sussex was the walking wounded during a trip to Antarctica

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Melanie Macleod
Wellness Editor
30 January 2023
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Prince Harry is known as something of an action man; the royal spent 10 years in the army and is a talented polo and rugby player.

However, in his bombshell memoir, Spare, the Duke of Sussex revealed that even he isn't immune to injury, sharing details of an excruciating ailment that left him struggling to walk.

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Speaking of a visit to Antarctica for a trek, Harry wrote that on the morning they were set to embark on the already difficult walk, he recalled he'd recently broken his toe on a weekend away with his friends.

"As we began walking remembered: 'Oh, yeah, my toe's broken.' Just recently, in fact. A boys' weekend in Norfolk. We drank and smoked and partied till dawn, and then, while trying to reassemble one of the rooms we'd rearranged, I dropped a heavy chair with brass wheels onto my foot."

Prince Harry in a red jacket in Antarctica surrounded by tents© Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry had a broken toe while on a trek in Antarctica

Speaking of the pain he felt, Harry wrote: "Silly injury. But debilitating. I could barely walk," before adding: "No matter, I was determined not to let the team down."

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Harry vowed not to moan, neither about the pain of his broken toe, nor his fatigue, as he was walking with others in worse circumstances, including one soldier with no legs, and another who was blind.

Prince Harry in a red jacket in Antarctica© Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry struggled throughout the trek

"Not one whinge would be heard from me, I vowed," Harry continued.

The Duke of Sussex detailed another excruciating injury in his book, which he suffered during a military training day with Prince William, which saw him join the army later than planned.

"In one exercise we scurried down a flight of metal stairs. Someone cut the lights, to make it more interesting, I suppose. In the pitch dark, four steps from the bottom, I fell, landed on my left knee, which was immediately impaled on a fixed bolt sticking out of the floor," Harry wrote.

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"Blinding pain washed over me. I managed to get up, keep going, finish the drill. But at the end of the exercise we jumped off the boat's helipad, into the water, and I found my knee wasn't working," Harry continued.

"My whole leg wasn't working. When I got out of the water and stripped off the dry suit, Willy looked down and turned pale. My knee was gushing blood. Paramedics were there within minutes. The palace announced some weeks later that my entry into the Army would be postponed. Indefinitely."

Harry went on the reveal that while he rested with his leg iced and elevated, the palace communications team told the papers that he had injured his knee playing rugby.

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