Prince Harry & his ginger beard were denied alcohol at the South Pole bar


On Friday the 13th, Prince Harry and his team of wounded veterans finally reached the South Pole. They arrived at the same time as the Commonwealth and Americans, I guess – I can’t find any information about who arrived first or if it even was a competition in the end. I think “success” was merely defined as “surviving the crazy journey.” Harry, Dominic West and Alex Skarsgard and their teams have spent the better part of a month on this trek and they deserve a big round of applause. And a drink. Apparently, the drink think wasn’t happening though. Because even though there’s a bar at the South Pole, Harry was too stank to get a drink?!

Prince Harry is in desperate need of a drink, and a shower.

The randy royal and his buddies Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard went into a bar in Antarctica and has exclusively learned not only were they denied drinks but their lack of showering has made them all pretty “smelly!”

According to an eyewitness at McMurdo Station, Prince Harry and his two friends went in for drinks but weren’t able to imbibe.

“They were denied [drinks]. Only staff/employees are allowed alcohol and tobacco,” and no exceptions were made for Prince William‘s younger brother. Apparently Prince Harry and his buddies also weren’t the most desirable of customers at the bar.

“All three were very smelly and scruffy. They are only allowed two 2-minute showers per week!”

[From Radar]

Huh. You’d think that any person who made it down to the South Pole would be allowed a beer, right? But sure, no drinks for Harry. He’ll just have to wait until he gets home to London, I suppose. Or maybe he and the dudes will stop in South Africa first to get their drink on. They deserve it! Also: the Viking would probably drink Harry under the table, I’m guessing.

And if you want to hear Alex Skarsgard say “pole” several times and sound excited and exhausted, you can listen to one of his recorded updates just a day before he and his team of Americans reached the pole.

Here’s Harry trying to give an update as he treked:




Photos courtesy of Walking with the Wounded Facebook, WENN.

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  1. bammer says:

    Since the conditions were so terrible, they decided to drop the race aspect of the trek. Congrats to everyone involved. They made it!

    • Addison says:

      I read the headline and assumed they didn’t want a Vegas style situation happening, but I guess showering is a legitimate reason.

    • Belle says:

      Yes, I read several articles that stated for safety reasons it was best for everyone to stay together… so the ‘race’ aspect was dropped.

  2. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Good lawd, he looks sexy with a beard.

    I don’t care how smelly he is, I’d still crawl into that jacket with him.

  3. AlmondJoy says:

    Wow. This is one of the first times I’ve found him attractive. Love the beard! Adorable.

  4. m says:

    The competition was called off due to the unsafe conditions and weather so all the teams went together. If you have the chance, you should watch Harrys Artic Heros on Youtube so you can see the truly dangerous conditions they deal with. Plus, it makes Harry all the more likable!

  5. Aims says:

    I think it’s sexy as hell that they all did this. Maybe it triggers something in me when I see a man looking rugged for a good cause. I would assume that they stink but what do you expect.

    Not to worry, I have a feeling that they’ll all be celebrating soon. As they should.

  6. blue marie says:

    Congrats to them all, that was a really cool thing to do. I’m torn though, because both Harry and Alex are looking good.

  7. TG says:

    As someone hilariously commented on Radaronline earlier, what is the point of having a bar if only staff/employees can drink? I am still laughing at that.

    • Cazzee says:

      Am surprised to read that there is even a bar there – was under the impression that the entire South Pole was BYOB.

      • bluhare says:

        And with Harry being on Team Glenfiddich, I’m really surprised they didn’t send a few bottles with them!

    • lunchcoma says:

      I thought that was strange too. Maybe it’s a supply issue? If they only get occasional shipments, maybe they want to make sure that the tourists don’t drink all of the workers’ booze?

    • Belle says:

      I kept thinking that was some sort of a typo… LOL So, they have a bar… so that people who work in the bar can drink? wtf?

  8. Jen says:

    “According to an eyewitness at McMurdo Station”

    McMurdo Station is on Ross Island, thousands of miles away from the South Pole. So basically, the idiots at Radar can’t even be bothered to do the bare minimum of fact checking.

    • cr says:

      Picky picky! :)

      But I saw that I thought, ‘They weren’t anywhere near McMurdo’.
      And they brought their own alcohol. Team Glenfiddich had a whiskey tasting evening right before reaching the Pole and apparently vodka also made an appearance.

  9. Anna says:

    They totally buried the lede:


    • Florc says:

      I know! I kind of imagined it like that Coors Light commercial where men have to scale this mountain to reach this bar in the mountain side.
      How many non-smelly ladies were there? What was on draft? I’d really like to know!
      And good grief Harry can grow a nice beard! How does he always 1 up himself with his hotness?

    • bluhare says:

      I actually would really like to go to Antarctica. Patagonia and then Antarctica.

  10. Anna says:

    There were actually announcements and a few articles about all 3 teams working together to complete the journey

  11. Maureen says:

    The 3 teams were combined during the last week of the trek and the competition aspect was suspended due to extreme weather. Some of the team members were getting frost bits and passing out from exhaustion. So no one arrived first. They all arrived together.

    • Florc says:

      Can you link it? I would love to read that.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Florc, As both Anna and Maureen mentioned, they combined everyone (as recommended by the participating medical team) very early on as the veterans were not doing as well as hoped. So without the race aspect they could slow down so as to not unduly injure anyone.

      • cr says:

        LadySlippers: not just the vets, the first person pulled temporarily was the expedition leader for Team Commonwealth/Soldier On, and he is the one with the most Antarctic experience.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Thanks for that! I hadn’t kept up all that much on this and the only article I read stated they were concerned about the vets.

        But it goes to show that anyone, regardless of experience, is subject to injury. Especially in very harsh environments like the Arctic/ Antarctic.

      • cr says:

        @LadySlippers: They ran into multiple problems with weather, they were delayed getting to the starting point which cut back on their acclimatization time. And the terrain was very bad due to the sastrugi, which they weren’t really expecting and hadn’t been able to train for even if they had been expecting them to be that bad. And the vets, and not just the males, seem to be really pushing themselves a bit too much due to the race element. Therese Frentz of Team Noom Coach/Team US mentioned in a voice diary that the first week she pushed too hard and made some stupid decisions:

        “I’m excited to say that we have only 4 days left of skiing before we reach the South Pole and I have to say that I really liked the decision of turning this expedition just into an expedition and not a race. When it was a race it was getting inside my own head, and I was worried constantly, I was hurrying my team and pushing myself maybe a little too hard, making stupid decisions [...] But I do need to point out that Team US has done the best job of making sure that all the team members were healthy! [...]

        I think removing the race element helped everyone physically and mentally.

        I look forward to the upcoming documentaries, one on ITN and one on NBC.

      • LadySlippers says:

        CR, Wow, you did keep abreast of the situation. I had seen the news before they left and the issues they had just to get started. And then kinda didn’t follow but for the one article I mentioned. I’m glad they decided to abandon the race and kept in mind that winning isn’t everything.


    • bluhare says:

      Frosty bits? I bet!

      Frostbite is no joke. I got it once.

  12. Evyn says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing those ginger hairs in my bathroom sink…or elsewhere.
    You can freshen up at my place anytime, Harry!

  13. JuJuJen says:

    :-D I sure hope he keeps that beard. hehehe

  14. Decloo says:

    Can’t believe they would not give the Gingerbeard Man a drink. This sounds all wrong as a Scotch brand was one of the trip’s sponsors. I love that Askars and PHG were together.

  15. Flower says:

    The spokes person for the event said the racing aspect of the trek was called off not only because of the harsh conditions, he basically said that these were mostly a bunch of alfa males and they were getting too competitive and over extending themselves putting their lives in danger.

  16. RuggerHunk says:

    South Pole Station is run by NSF, which discourages “tourist” visits to the pole by barring everyone from the station who is not part of an accredited scientific mission. They can’t stop people from just showing up at the South Pole, but their attitude is, “If we didn’t invite you, you can freeze your ass out in the cold, royalty or not.”

    • cr says:

      They got a tour:

      “Robert Falcon Scott and his four fellow explorers were the first British — and only the second visitors ever until that point — to reach the South Pole in 1912. A little more than a century later, an equally famous Briton made an appearance at the bottom of the world. His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales External Non-U.S. government site, third from the left above, toured the U.S. Antarctic Program’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station External U.S. government site on Dec. 16, 2013, after completing an international, charitable trek across part of Antarctica for Walking with the Wounded External Non-U.S. government site. Three teams of seven participants each — representing the United Kingdom, the United States and the Commonwealth, which consists of several countries long affiliated with the British Empire — took part in the Walking With the Wounded charity event. In addition to Prince Harry, celebrities Alexander Skarsgard, an actor in the cable series True Blood, and Dominic West, a star in the cable show The Wire, also participated in the expedition. ”

  17. lucy2 says:

    I think this is such an awesome thing they all did to raise money and awareness for an amazing cause.
    If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed or like you just can’t do something, read the stories of the soldiers on these teams, and what they’ve accomplished with incredibly life altering injuries and experiences. Pretty inspiring.

  18. CuriousCole says:

    I am loving Harry’s beard! I want him to keep it forever! It seriously ups his sex appeal.