Prince Harry said Friday he will take part in a race to the South Pole later this year, leading a team of wounded British military personnel against counterparts from Australia, Canada and the U.S.
In a tongue-in-cheek challenge issued at a news conference, the 28-year-old royal warned his competitors that the Brits would have some tea “ready for you when you join us at the Pole.”
Harry and his fellow Walking With the Wounded teammates will participate in the 208-mile South Pole Allied Challenge in November and December of this year.
That may be the height of the Antarctic summer, but conditions will still be bitterly cold. The four-week expedition will see racers drag sleds weighing more than 150 pounds and face extreme temperatures and savage winds.
Harry has already taken part in one expedition with Walking With the Wounded, a charity which raises funds and keeps injured servicemen and women in the public eye through feats of endurance. In 2011, he took part in the charity’s North Pole trek.
Kardashian, Humphries settle divorce
The marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, which began with a storybook wedding, ended Friday in a grim courtroom with a judge approving a divorce settlement after a protracted legal battle between the former couple.
“I think this is a reasonable way to resolve this case,” said Superior Court Judge Hank Goldberg, who did not disclose terms of the settlement.
Humphries sent his lawyer but did not appear in court. Kardashian, who is pregnant with a child by her boyfriend, Kanye West, appeared in a black silk puffy sleeveless maternity dress embellished with sequins on the skirt.
She married the NBA player in a high-profile wedding in August 2011. She filed for divorce later that year. He sought an annulment claiming their marriage in an elaborate wedding ceremony was a fraud staged for her reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
She denied the allegations and insisted on a traditional divorce. She apparently won.
The birthday bunch
Actor George Takei is 76. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 74. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 72. Actress Jessica Lange is 64. Actor Clint Howard is 54. Actor Crispin Glover is 49. Actress Carmen Electra is 41.