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Prince Harry meets former marine before he attempts solo world record

Lee Spencer, an amputee veteran who hopes to set a record for rowing across the Atlantic unaided has met Prince Harry.

Spencer served with the Royal Marines for 24 years and did three tours of Afghanistan. However, he lost his leg after being hit by debris after stopping to help a motorist who had crashed.

He hopes to row unsupported and by himself across the Atlantic to help raise money for the Endeavour Fund – a charity co-founded by Prince Harry.

The charity helps wounded servicemen and women by creating sporting and adventure opportunities for wounded, injured and sick service personnel.

Spencer made the trip just last year when he rowed alongside another three disabled veterans. They set a record by being the first British all amputee four-man team to row across the Atlantic.

Spencer had the chance to meet the Prince before he starts his journey on 18 January.

While speaking to him, he said: “When you go outside [leave the military], you think I’m going to miss the lads, miss the laughs, the camaraderie and everything that goes with it. But actually, it’s the sense of service, sense of doing something that matters.”

Prince Harry told Mr Spencer that “This is a massive task you’re taking on, but you’ve already done it once.”

He then joked with Mr Spencer saying: “You’ve got three less people but you won’t have to make conversation and you will get to sleep when you want to sleep.”

Following his meeting with Prince Harry, Mr Spencer praised the support from him saying: “The work he and the Endeavour Fund do has made a very big difference to many people’s lives and in a very real way.”

He added: “I will carry with me his words of support across every one of the 3,500 Atlantic ocean miles I am about to face.”

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