Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2019

Prince Harry devastated by heartbreaking news of death of longtime friend | Royal | News

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, was “very upset” by the death of his friend, endurance expert Jules Roberts, a source revealed. The prince sent a private note and flowers at the funeral of his late friend who trained him in 2013, ahead of the brutal trip to the South Pole undertaken by Harry in aid of charity Walking With The Wounded. 

During the gruelling training, Mr Roberts taught Prince Harry how to haul sledges and survive in extreme weather conditions.

Harry and Mr Roberts hit it off from the moment they met and experienced “mutual respect” as their bond strengthened.

A source told the MirrorOnline news of Mr Roberts’ death had hit the Duke hard.

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

Mr Roberts, who leaves his wife Francesca and their two-year-old daughter, was found dead on August 5 and was later cremated at the Bradwell Crematorium in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

The cause of the death of the 37-year-old is still to be confirmed, but Mr Roberts is believed to have taken his own life.

The father-of-one, from Alsager, took part in several adventures and raised thousands of pounds for charities.

Mr Roberts and Harry are likely to have kept in touch after 2013, as they often worked at similar charitable projects. 


The adventurer was chief executive of charity Sharegift and worked from an office near Buckingham Palace.

He also helped funding Heads Together, an organisation launched by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry in 2014.

The charity aims at changing the conversation surrounding mental health and raise awareness about mental wellbeing and illnesses.

Prince Harry hasn’t been the only one who paid tribute to the beloved adventurer. 

Walking With The Wounded founder Ed Parker called Mr Roberts a “diamond” as he recalled how respected and popular he was.

He said: “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.”

Mr Parker then spoke of Mr Roberts’ relationship with Harry, and the late adventurer’s admiration for the Duke’s work on mental health and his efforts to help veterans.

He continued: “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 is a charity helping injured British Armed Forces servicemen and servicewomen to transition from their military experience to civilian life.

Prince Harry is the patron of the charity, founded in 2010, and has taken part in several initiatives by the charity after the 2013 South Pole expedition.

Next year, the organisation will dedicate a marathon across the Sahara to Mr Roberts.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

Buckingham Palace told the palace is not commenting on Prince Harry’s private note. 

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