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Prince Charles praises 'eccentric' Sir Ranulph Fiennes in rare documentary appearance

Explorer will tell the story of Sir Fiennes

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Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis - Los Angeles
Los Angeles correspondentLos Angeles
August 26, 2022
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Prince Charles will make a rare appearance in an upcoming documentary for his close friend Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

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Sir Ranulph, known as the World’s Greatest Living Explorer, was the first person to circumnavigate the world from pole to pole, crossed the Antarctic on foot, broke countless world records and discovered a lost city in Arabia. He has also raised millions for charity, and has been a close friend of the heir to the throne for decades.

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"He wanted to do the things that hadn't been done by other people, to achieve what others hadn't," Charles shares in the trailer speaking directly to the camera, adding: "If you had too much imagination you'd never do these things I don't think."

He later shared how it's "rather nice to have people who are proper eccentrics" in your life, and revealed how his friend had "this absolute drive and determination".

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Explorer takes exclusive new access to the 78-year-old as well as film archives from the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archive to offer a portrait of a man and his dreams. It also claims to be the story of "two British icons" and their "unique bond".

At one point, the Prince poignantly admits that "most of the time I thought I'd never see him again".

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Charles and Ranulph in 1982

Ranulph, born in 1944, served in the British Army for eight years and later became the first person to completely cross Antarctica on foot.

In 2000 he famously cut off his own fingers after he suffered from severe frostbite when he was forced to pull his sleds out of ice during a trek through the North Pole.

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Charles and Ranulph have been friends for decades

Surgeons insisted that he wait for several months before amputation to allow for healthy tissue regrowth, but he used an electric fretsaw at his home after becoming frustrated with the pain.

In May 2009, at the age of 65, he climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.

Explorer is available on digital and on demand from 29 August 2022 in the UK and 30 August 2022 in the US.

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