Prince Harry’s pain over suicide of hero pal who trained him for South Pole trek

Prince Harry is devastated after the death of his South Pole charity trek friend at just 37.

The Duke of Sussex sent a private note to the funeral of Jules Roberts, who is believed to have taken his own life.

Jules trained ex-soldier Harry for his gruelling trek to the South Pole six years ago in aid of Forces charity Walking With The Wounded.

The pair were said to have hit it off straight away and developed a “mutual respect” as Jules showed Harry how to haul sledges and survive in freezing polar conditions.

The Duke sent a note along with his flowers to the funeral for Jules, who leaves wife Francesca and their two-year-old daughter, at a crematorium.

A source said Harry, who yesterday attended the rugby league Challenge Cup final at Wembley, was “very upset”.

The insider added: “This has come as a real shock.

“Harry and Jules hit it off from the moment they met.

“Jules helped to train Harry for the polar world.

“Harry even spent 24 hours in an industrial freezer to prepare.”

Jules was chief executive of the charity Sharegift, working from an office near Buckingham Palace.

He provided funding for the Heads Together mental health charity, which Harry launched with brother William and in which Kate and Meghan are involved.

In 2017 Harry told how he sought counselling after “total chaos” while still struggling in his late 20s to come to terms with the death of his mother Diana.

Yesterday Walking With The Wounded founder Ed Parker paid tribute to popular Jules, saying: “He was a properly good person with an energy beyond what you could imagine and everything was done with a huge great toothy grin.

“He had this extraordinary ability to engage with people. He was a diamond.”

Ed added: “I know that he admired hugely Harry’s commitment to both mental health and the veteran community. There was a lot of respect both ways.”

Walking With The Wounded, which helps injured Forces veterans in the transition to civilian life, will dedicate its marathon across the Sahara next year to Jules.


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