Wednesday September 11, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
Prince Harry, Alexander Skarsgard Team Up for Charity Event – at South Pole
by Andrea BillupsTwo hot guys. One cold place. All for a good cause.
True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard will join Prince Harry on a trek to the icy South Pole in November as they team up for the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
The event, for which Harry, 28, is a patron, includes three teams of wounded service members from the U.K., the U.S. and Australia/Canada, competing to raise money for their national charities to help fund rehabilitation services for military veterans.
It's a physical challenge, even for the fit, as team members compete to pull pulks, which are custom-built arctic sledges, as they push to reach the pole's southernmost point.
Their tenacity and determination to finish – in temperatures as low as 49 degrees below zero and 50 mph winds – offers symbolic hope to soldiers who have suffered physical and cognitive disabilities related to their military service.
"I'm honored to be working and training alongside these soldiers to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause," said Skarsgard, 37, who will compete with the prince on the U.S. team.