The royal, who wore a navy blue suit and tie, shared a comforting hug with Worsley s widow, Joanna
The royal, who wore a navy blue suit and tie, shared a comforting hug with Worsley s widow, Joanna, and shared his condolences with the couple s children, Max and Alicia, at St James s Church in Knightsbridge, London.
Worsley, 55, died Jan. 24 in a hospital in Chile from “complete organ failure” after falling ill just 30 miles from the intended end of his trek in the footsteps of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
William, 33, who was patron of the expedition, said that he and brother Prince Harry, 31, were “sad to hear of the loss.
Vowing to make sure Worsley s wife and two children receive the support “they need at this terribly difficult time,” William said, “He was a man who showed great courage and determination and we’re incredibly proud to be associated with him.”
“Even after retiring from the Army, Henry continued to show selfless commitment to his fellow servicemen and women by undertaking this extraordinary Shackelton solo expedition on their behalf,” the prince continued.
The trek had raised more than $150,000 for the Endeavour Fund that aids the recovery of former servicemen and women by inspiring new challenges.
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“We have lost a friend, but he will remain an inspiration to us all, especially those who benefit from his support to the Endeavour Fund, William added.
William hosted a farewell event at Kensington Palace in October 2015 and sent a good luck message to Worsley over the holidays.
In a statement, the former Army officer’s wife shared, “It is with heartbroken sadness I let you know that my husband Henry Worsley has died following complete organ failure; despite all efforts of ALE and medical staff at the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas, Chile.
“Henry achieved his Shackleton Solo goal of raising over $140,000 for the Endeavour Fund to help his wounded colleagues, and he nearly completed the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic landmass a crossing made under exceptionally difficult weather conditions to mark the 100th anniversary of his lifelong hero, explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton s Endurance expedition.