He's been dropping hints for months, but on Friday (April 19) Prince Harry finally made it official: he's headed to the South Pole. 

The 28-year-old royal and patron of the veterans charity Walking with the Wounded announced he will be taking part in the 208-mile South Pole Allied Challenge this November and December. The dash features teams of wounded military veterans from Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States all competing to reach the South Pole first - while also raising money for the cause. 

"We are not allowed to officially call it a race, but I think we all know what will happen," Harry told reporters. "These men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom. That they should once again step into the breach, this time facing down the extreme mental and physical challenges of trekking to the South Pole just underlines their remarkable qualities. Toughness of mind; an unquenchable spirit that refuses to say 'I am beaten'."

Back in 2011, Harry took part in the first part of an expedition by another team from Walking with the Wounded in a trek to the North Pole. According to one expedition site, less people have man hauled to the South Pole (58 people) than have stood on the summit of Mt Everest (4600).

"The aim remains the same," Harry said. "To enable our wounded servicemen and women to do what they do better than anyone else I know. To meet a challenge head on and inspire others to do the same."

Oh - and as for the other competing teams, Harry had just one thing to say. 

"As a member of the British team, I will have a brew (tea) on ready for you when you join us at the Pole," he quipped. 

Check out video below of the Prince announcing the South Pole Allied Challenge.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Prince Harry to race to South Pole with wounded veterans
28-year-old royal will lead a team taking part in the 208-mile Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.