Harry’s frostbitten penis ISN’T as rare as you may think: All you need to know about bizarre injury


Prince Harry yesterday confessed to suffering from a frostbitten penis, in one of his more bizarre revelations buried inside his bombshell new memoir. 

In ‘Spare’, his explosive book that accidentally went on sale in Spain yesterday, the Duke of Sussex confessed that he was impacted by the early stages of the condition during William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011.

It followed his Walking with the Wounded 200-mile expedition in March 2011, which saw him embark on a trek to the North Pole alongside four ex-servicemen who were injured in Afghanistan.

The frostbite affected his cheeks, ears and genitalia, he claimed. 

Prince Harry (above) confessed that he suffered a frostbitten penis in March 2011, after a 200-mile expedition which saw him embark on a trek to the North Pole. Pictured above on March 29, 2011 on the island of Spitsbergen, before setting off to the North Pole

The 200-mile expedition in March 2011, saw him embark on the trek alongside four ex-servicemen who were injured in Afghanistan. Pictured above on the island of Spitsbergen on March 30, 2011, before setting off to the North Pole

The 200-mile expedition in March 2011, saw him embark on the trek alongside four ex-servicemen who were injured in Afghanistan. Pictured above on the island of Spitsbergen on March 30, 2011, before setting off to the North Pole

The Duke of Sussex confessed that he was impacted by the condition during William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011. Pictured above with the Prince of Wales on his wedding day

The Duke of Sussex confessed that he was impacted by the condition during William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011. Pictured above with the Prince of Wales on his wedding day

While Harry’s ears and cheeks healed swiftly, he was still recovering from his ‘todger’ injuries by the time he attended his brother’s wedding, he wrote.

In translated excerpts of the autobiography seen by MailOnline, the Duke of Sussex also revealed he applied an Elizabeth Arden cream — a favourite of the late Princess Diana — onto his penis after it was recommended to him by a friend.

A beauty world cult staple, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant cream is known for its multi-tasking moisturising properties and contains blend of petrolatum and vitamin E, which aims to sooth dry skin and lock in moisture in harsh conditions.

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant cream is known for its multi-tasking moisturising properties

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant cream is known for its multi-tasking moisturising properties

He also secretly visited a Harley Street doctor, after fearing he may have to undergo a partial penectomy – a removal of part of the penis. 

But the medic told the Prince, the ‘most feasible cure was time’, he wrote. 

The Duke of Sussex’s revelations sent social media users into a frenzy, flooding the internet with memes. 

But it’s not actually as outlandish as one might think. 

24-year-old Finnish skier Remi Lindholm suffered frostbite to his penis while competing in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. 

After battling brutal freezing temperatures and strong winds during the men’s 50km race, he was forced to use a heat pack at the end of the race.

It was the second time Lindholm had suffered the painful injury while racing following a similar incident in Ruka, Finland in 2021. 

‘The pain was unbearable’, he told Finnish media after the race. 

Meanwhile, Swedish cross-country skier Calle Halfvarsson also confessed in 2021 to suffering from a frostbitten penis once during a race.  

24-year-old Finnish skier, Remi Lindholm (pictured above) suffered frostbite to his penis while competing in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Pictured above competing in the event

24-year-old Finnish skier, Remi Lindholm (pictured above) suffered frostbite to his penis while competing in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Pictured above competing in the event

Frostbite can occur anywhere on the body but the extremities, including ears, nose, hands and penis, are most likely to be impacted.

It happens when the skin is exposed to extreme temperatures below zero degrees Celsius. 

Normally, the affected area begins to feel cold and painful. 

If exposure to cold continues, the sensation of pins and needles can happen before the area finally numbs over as tissue freezes.

Frostbite occurs as a result of the body’s natural reaction to the cold weather.

Prince Harry's memoir Spare was released in Spain on Thursday, days before its scheduled publication date

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare was released in Spain on Thursday, days before its scheduled publication date

It narrows blood vessels, slowing down the flow of blood, so the flow to organs can be increased, as they have to work harder in extreme weather.

But as blood is redirected, those parts of the body get colder, according to the NHS.

It can starve the tissue of oxygen, which can kill off tissue and lead to the need for amputation unless treated quickly.

Sufferers of frostbite, which usually include climbers, skiiers and the homeless, should be taken to warm environments urgently because it’s likely they’ll also have hypothermia.

Doctors usually warm up the affected areas in warm water, in order to stop the damage.

The rewarming process is often painful and strong painkillers may be required, they added, as warm blood surrounds frostbitten tissue, impacting nerve signals.

The earliest stage – called frostnip – which the Duke of Sussex claimed he had, is the easiest to sort.  

While penis frostbite is still very rare, the NHS warns people with frostbite are at risk of bacterial wound infections, such as tetanus. 

More seriously, this infection could spread into the blood, putting them at risk of sepsis. Both cases require hospital admission. 

In cases of penile frostbite, skin damage can occur in that area, but with time — as with Prince Harry’s case — it should heal itself. 

But in rare worst-case scenarios, a skin graft could be required in some cases to help cover the impacted area.

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