Wounded heroes of South Pole trek hails their prince patron

Walking with the Wounded team member Ibrar Ali is met by his daughter Zara, five, and his girlfriend Alexandra as he  arrives back at Heathrow
Walking with the Wounded team member Ibrar Ali is met by his daughter Zara, five, and his girlfriend Alexandra as he arrives back at Heathrow
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PRINCE Harry was praised by his brave band of wounded soldiers as they received a heroes’ welcome after returning from their South Pole adventure.

The injured British service personnel who formed the Walking With The Wounded charity expedition flew in from South Africa in time to spend Christmas at home.

In total, 12 injured servicemen and women took part, with Harry serving as Team UK’s patron, made it to their Antarctic goal on December 13.

Amputee Major Kate Philp, 35, from Worcestershire, lost her leg below the knee while serving in Afghanistan in November 2008, hailed Harry for being “fantastic from beginning to end”.

Former Yorkshire Regiment captain Ibrar Ali, from York, took part to honour the memory of comrades who were killed in 2012, and especially two who died in Iraq as he was taking part in the selection for the South Pole challenge.

The 36-year-old, who lost his right arm during a roadside bomb explosion in 2007, said: “It was quite poignant when those two fellows were killed while I was on selection for this event.

“Having served in the Yorkshire Regiment for just over 10 years, our losses have been quite high, as it has through every unit in the armed forces and I really wanted to honour all of them but especially those two guys.”