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Prince Harry's South Pole expedition keeps on facing some serious delays and challenges.

Organizers announced on Saturday, Dec. 7 that the race has been suspended for safety reasons.

"Until now, the three teams have been racing against one another across the Antarctic plateau, but yesterday I took the decision to suspend the race," Ed Parker, the expedition director said in a statement.

"The reason for this is entirely simple—safety, which remains the core principal of our expeditions. While all three teams were progressing well, it was becoming evident that there was a higher degree of stress imposed on the team members, due to unprecedented terrain on the plateau."

Parker stressed that the 208-mile trek is on hold, but far from over. The three teams—Soldier On (Australia and Canada), Soldiers to Summit (United States of America) and Walking With the Wounded (United Kingdom)— will no longer compete against each other and will go at their own pace.

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Walking With the Wounded, the 29-year-old royal's team, is comprised of injured English service men and women. Prince Harry is joined by True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgård, who is a member of the American team and The Wire's Dominic West, who is going with the Commonwealth team.

Prince Harry seemed to be in good spirits several days ago, making a satellite phone call to a few wounded soldiers who were about to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Walking With the Wounded is a U.K. charity that helps retrain and reeducate wounded servicemen and women to help them find long term employment after they have left the Armed Forces.

Prince Harry and his fellow servicemen made it to the starting point of the race on Nov. 27, after being delayed one week due to snowy weather conditions. "The scenery here is quite remarkable, and for 360 degrees nothing can be seen, it really is quite spectacular," he said.

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