Alexander Skarsgard Battling Prince Harry in Race to the South Pole

Celebrity News Sep. 13, 2013 AT 12:30PM
Alexander Skarsgard on June 11, 2013 Alexander Skarsgard will be going against Prince Harry in the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Nearly five months after Prince Harry joined the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, another famous face announced he will be heating up the race: "True Blood" heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard.

The 37-year-old actor won't be on the prince's team; he'll be racing against the royal instead.

Skarsgard joined the trek that seeks to raise funds for military charities — and is the longest modern-day expedition of its kind — because he believes in its mission. "I'm honored to be working and training alongside these soldiers to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause," he told USA Today.

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But what do his teammates think of the new addition? Ivan Castro, who has begun training with the star gushed about the experience so far. "What a great complement to our team!" he wrote on Walking With the Wounded's blog. "I am even more confident that we have a winning combination right now."

But Skarsgard is no doubt going to have some fierce competition. While he's been training under the California sun, Harry is expected to join members of Britain's team for 24 hours inside custom environmental test chambers, which simulate the icy conditions they will face in the South Pole. "He will acclimatize with the team, test equipment, and practice the routine for the South Pole, including skiing and setting up camp," a press release from Kensington Palace declares. In other words, the Brits are in it to win it.

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There's still no word on whether Skarsgard and the Americans will prepare with such high-tech equipment or not, but even if they are, they might be keeping some of their strategy under wraps. (We hope.)

The race is set to last approximately four weeks, beginning in November and going into December. Though we'll have to wait and see which world power claims victory by reaching the South Pole first, the servicemen and women who benefit from the race will win no matter what ... and all of the competitors should feel pretty good about that.

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