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Heroic adventurer who trained Prince Harry kills himself at 37

Prince Harry became good friends with Jules Roberts after the pair trained and completed a South Pole trek together (Picture: PA/JustGiving)
Prince Harry became good friends with Jules Roberts after the pair trained and completed a South Pole trek together (Picture: PA/JustGiving)

Prince Harry shared a personal note with the family of a close friend who trained him for his South Pole trek after he was found dead at just 37.

Jules Roberts died by suicide on August 5 and was later cremated in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Jules – a heroic adventurer – struck up a friendship with the Duke of Sussex six years ago when he helped in his training for the gruelling Walking with the Wounded challenge.

Harry, 34, and the charity chief executive were said to have ‘hit it off from the moment they met’ and the royal sent a private note to the funeral.

A source said Harry was ‘very upset’ and the death of his friend had ‘come as a real shock.’

Alongside his note, Harry also sent flowers to the funeral for Jules, who leaves behind wife Francesca and their daughter, two.

jules roberts with prince harry
Jules trained Harry for the gruelling trek in aid of the Walking with the Wounded charity (Picture: PA)
Man who trained Prince Harry kills himselfJules Robertshttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/julescrobertsPicture: Just Giving
Jules was the chief executive of the charity Sharegift which helped to fund the Heads Together mental health charity set up by Harry, William and Kate (Picture: Just Giving)

Jules helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity by completing extreme challenges.

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In December 2013, Harry, Jules and 12 others who had been injured in battle, trekked to the South Pole in aid of charity Walking with the Wounded.

Several of the explorers had had their legs amputated, while others suffered from blindness, burns and post traumatic stress disorder.

The trek saw three teams, from the , the US and the Commonwealth, travel a distance of 208 miles in temperatures of up to minus 50 degrees.

Walking With The Wounded founder Ed Parker told the Mirror Jules was a ‘diamond’.

He said: ‘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.’

The charity will dedicate their marathon across the Sahara next year to Jules, he said.

NOVO, ANTARCTICA - In this undated handout photo provided by Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) on November 22, 2013, (right to left) Prince Harry, Kate Philp, Guy Disney, Richard Eyre, Ibrar Ali and Duncan Slater of Team UK in the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge expedition arrposes together on arrival at Novo, Antarctica. The team of 12 injured service personnel from Britain, America, Canada and Australia have overcome life-changing injuries and undertaken challenging training programmes to prepare themselves for the conditions they will face in Antarctica. Trekking around 15km to 20km per day, the teams will endure temperatures as low as minus 45C and 50mph winds as they pull their 70kg sleds to the south pole. (Photo by WWTW via Getty Images)NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Prince Harry in 2013 during the trek with, Kate Philp, Guy Disney, Richard Eyre, Ibrar Ali and Duncan Slater of Team UK (Picture: Getty)
NOVO, ANTARCTICA - In this undated handout photo provided by Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) on November 26, 2013, Prince Harry, patron of Team UK in the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 expedition and the Walking With The Wounded teams leave Novo, Antarctica for their second base camp at 87 degrees south, the starting point for the race and where further acclimatisation will take place. The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, of which Harry is patron, will see the participants race across three degrees to the South Pole. All 12 injured service personnel from Britain, America, Canada and Australia have overcome life-changing injuries and undertaken challenging training programmes to prepare themselves for the conditions they will face in Antarctica. Trekking around 15km to 20km per day, the teams will endure temperatures as low as minus 45C and 50mph winds as they pull their 70kg sleds to the south pole. (Photo by WWTW via Getty Images)
Prince Harry was joined by 12 injured service personnel from Britain, America, Canada and Australia (Picture: Getty)

Jules was the chief executive of the charity Sharegift which helped to fund the royal’s Heads Together mental health charity.

Harry, Prince William, Kate and Meghan all worked on the Heads Together campaign after it was launched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2016.

In June, Harry and Meghan split from the Royal Foundation to set up their own charitable foundation, according to royal aides.

But both couples will continue to work together in future, including on Heads Together.

A royal spokesperson declined to comment.

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