Prince Harry meets Row2Recovery Atlantic ex-servicemen rowers

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Prince Harry has met a crew of wounded ex-servicemen who successfully rowed across the Atlantic, during a visit to Oxfordshire.

The four-man team completed the 3,000-mile (4,800km) journey in December, backed by Henley-on-Thames based charity Row2Recovery.

The prince also toured the town's River and Rowing Museum and watched an indoor rowing demonstration.

He is backing a move to encourage more wounded veterans to take up rowing.

Former military medic Rory Mackenzie, who took part in an Atlantic row with Row2Recovery in 2011, said the royal visit put "the seal of approval on what we are trying to achieve".

The Endeavour Fund, created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, is supporting a Row2Recovery domestic rowing programme to introduce more wounded service personnel and veterans to the sport.

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