Why Was Prince Harry Drinking Champagne from a Prosthetic Leg?
(LONDON) -- Dominic West says Prince Harry and others celebrated last month's South Pole trek by drinking champagne out of a prosthetic leg, and Harry was instrumental in keeping up the spirits of the team.
"Most of us, Harry included, just went on a two-day bender with the Icelandic truck drivers who had brought some lethal home brew with them," West said Tuesday in London of finishing the Walking With the Wounded charity expedition on Dec. 13.
The Wire actor was reunited with Polar trek participants Tuesday for a news conference and added, "There was a lot of liqueur drunk. We all drank champagne out of Duncan's favorite prosthetic legs," referring to Duncan Slater, who lost his legs in Afghanistan in 2009 and also completed the trek.
West, one of the celebrity patrons of the three teams that spent 13 days together at the South Pole, said that Harry also kept morale high during blistering cold temperatures by telling "filthy," eye-watering jokes.
"He was very kind to me," West said.
Slater, whose artificial limb was used in the creative celebration, explained just how vital Harry, 29, was to the group.
"He would kind of spread himself quite thinly to be honest," Slater said. "He would spend time with each team member. He would make sure he mixed with everyone."
In addition to morale booster, apparently aspiring engineer is another way to describe Harry, West said, explaining how the prince helped create the teams' outdoor toilets.
"He seemed to specialize in building the latrines and he built these incredibly elaborate ones," West said. "He did one with castellated sides and a flag pole, a loo roll holder, and you're sitting there thinking 'this is a real royal flush.' He must have spent about 40 minutes making it."
Jokes aside, when Harry spoke on Tuesday, it was of the pride he had for all involved in the expedition.
"Inspiring others is one of the cornerstones of this charity, to demonstrate to those who have experienced life-changing injuries that everything is still possible," Harry said. "I hope this truly unbelievable achievement will remind everybody that they can achieve anything they want to."
"Our wounded, injured and sick do not want pity," he continued. "They simply want to be treated in the same way that they were before they were injured, with respect and admiration."
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