Sounds like Prince Harry was a pretty lively companion on his Antarctic charity trek in December. During a press conference for the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the redheaded royal's fellow participant Dominic West shared some funny stories about Harry's cheeky antics throughout the 208-mile journey.
The Wire actor -- who played Detective Jimmy McNulty on the acclaimed HBO series -- said the prince kept things interesting with his sometimes-scandalous sense of humor. He told "eye-wateringly rude jokes, which for a non-soldier like me was quite shocking," Team Commonwealth member West recalled.
Later, upon their arrival at the South Pole on Friday, Dec. 13, the group partook in a rather intoxicating celebration. "The Icelandic truck drivers who were driving the support vehicles had saved some booze for us to celebrate, so we had a bit of a binge," West said. "We were drinking champagne out of one of the team [member's] prosthetic legs."
The prince was a good person to have around for other reasons, too, the actor told reporters. "It was cool having Harry there because he was very much part of the team," West said. "He seemed to specialize in building the latrines, and he built these incredibly elaborate ones."
"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,'" the HBO star quipped. "He must have spent about 40 minutes making it. He built these incredible, intricate designs."
In all seriousness, though, the royal was "very kind," West added. "When I was having trouble with the skis, he helped me out, and I thought, 'What a nice guy.'"
Walking With the Wounded is a U.K. charity that aims to make a difference in the lives of wounded and injured soldiers. The South Pole Allied Challenge took place over four weeks in December, and involved three teams of people skiing across 200 miles of Antarctica.