Britain's Prince Harry and a band of wounded soldiers, who crossed Antarctica to raise money for military charities, reached the South Pole on Friday, the organizers said.

The younger son of prince Charles took part in the expedition designed as a fundraiser for the Walking With The Wounded charity.

The participants spent 12 hours skiing for 21 days, with 10 minutes of rest every two hours.

"We get into the South Pole on Friday the 13th - unlucky for some, lucky for us," Harry, an army helicopter pilot who has served in Afghanistan, said in a video posted earlier this week.

Expedition director Ed Parker said the trek covered "difficult terrain," but added, "We always knew that this wasn't going to be easy, but that is what makes the challenge so exciting."

Queen Elizabeth II's 29-year-old grandson also took part in a benefit trek to the North Pole in 2011, but had to withdraw to attend the wedding of his brother, Prince William, and Kate Middleton in April 2011. EFE