Harry Celebrated South Pole Trek With '2-Day Bender'

And drinking champagne out of a prosthetic leg

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2014 1:25 PM CST

(Newser) – Prince Harry trekked to the South Pole last month, and he celebrated exactly as you'd expect: by going on "a two-day bender" with some Icelandic truck drivers and drinking champagne out of a prosthetic limb. That according to actor Dominic West, who was on the expedition with the prince and spoke about the experience today, the Express reports. There were wounded veterans along, and upon reaching the destination, "there was a lot of liquor drunk" including the champagne out of one of those veterans' artificial legs, West said.

The veteran in question confirms the story and says it was his idea to use the prosthetic "as a primitive ice bucket," the Daily Beast reports, citing the Telegraph. Upon reaching the pole, "two of the Aussie guys stripped naked and ran round the pole but most of us, Harry included, just went on a two-day bender with the Icelandic truck drivers who had brought some lethal home brew with them," West says. Harry also "told some eye-wateringly rude jokes." One of the veterans adds that, for some reason, Harry liked to build complicated latrines; West calls him "the king of the royal flush."

Britain's Prince Harry, left, the Expedition Patron, poses with members of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 team in central  London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
Britain's Prince Harry, left, the Expedition Patron, poses with members of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 team in central London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry arrives for a welcome home news conference for the members of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 team, in central  London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
Britain's Prince Harry arrives for a welcome home news conference for the members of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 team, in central London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, Pool)
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