Prince Harry shares his 'awe' over first amputee rowers to cross the ocean

By Gemma Strong

Prince Harry was at the ready via video chat in Antigua's English Harbour waiting for a very special foursome to make their triumphant arrival: the first all-amputee team to row across the ocean. The four British soldiers – Cayle Royce, 29, Nigel Rogoff, 56, Lee Spencer, 46, and 30-year-old Paddy Gallagher – made history as Row2Recovery, arriving at 4 p.m. on Jan. 4 after a 4,800-km trip from the Canary Islands.

"He is incredibly proud of their historic achievement," a spokesman for Harry told Hello! "After their families, he wanted to be one of the first to congratulate them.

"During his call, he thanked them for putting their bodies through hell to prove that there can be life beyond injury. He was in awe of their self-belief and determination to succeed."

The four men, who have three legs between them, battled through severe storms and even injury to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – known as the world's toughest rowing race – in 46 days.

The money they raised, which currently stands at £26,400, is going toward a number of worthy causes – including the Endeavour Fund, set up by the Royal Foundation for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to help support wounded servicemen and women.

Team skipper Cayle, who lost both his legs when he was injured by a bomb in Afghanistan, said, "We are so proud to be the first all-amputee team to row an ocean and extremely humbled by the support we have received.

"We are very proud to be able to support injured servicemen and women everywhere through the Endeavour Fund, Help for Heros and Blesma.

"Although totally exhausted, we are ready to celebrate the fact that we have just conquered 3,000 miles in the world's toughest rowing race. There is life beyond injury – that's our message, we hope it's out there."

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