Prince Harry leaving Longyearbyen today 5:30pm, that's about how close we got ;)

Prince Harry stranded in Arctic after runway cracks

Prince Harry who was trekking across the Arctic with four disabled servicemen, was stranded after the cracks had formed in an ice runway.

All flights out of Borneo Ice Airfield were cancelled while the runway was being rebuilt.

The prince had been due to fly home on Thursday, but Clarence House stated that it can be 48 hours before he could leave.

The team, who were walking to the North Pole, were aiming to raise £2m for charity.

The four servicemen, who had all been injured in combat in Afghanistan, had hope to enter the record books as the first disabled team who had walked unassisted to the North Pole and raise money for Walking With The Wounded which had helped injured troops.

Clarence House stated that Harry will spend another day trekking with the team before he returns to the airfield on Thursday night to await the first available flight.

"We guide that the delay will be less than 48 hours as it stands, but given the unpredictable nature of conditions in the Arctic, the situation may change."

Expedition spokesman Alex Rayner stated that the airfield crews had been working round the clock in order to rebuild the runway.

The four-week mission got off to a late start after the gales had delayed the team's flight to the starting point, meaning the expedition was to be slightly shortened.

However, four days into the trek the team stated that they had been ahead of schedule after pulling their sledges 12 miles across the Arctic.

Harry would return home ahead of his big brother's wedding which is at the end of the month.