At the end of last summer, the young royal announced he would join the British Marines – a decision that made the Queen “proud”. That was after completing a tough rowing challenge for charity last year, which required some seriously demanding training.
After attending Eton College, like Harry and William, Arthur went on to study geography at Edinburgh University, which didn’t stop him from working as a personal trainer on the side.
While visiting Her Majesty at Balmoral Castle during the holiday, Arthur reportedly went on 20-mile hikes and camping in the Scottish Highlands in anticipation of the Marines training.
Considering his level of fitness, his interest in joining the troops doesn’t come as a surprise. His time at the Combined Cadet Force at Eton, where pupils are taught military skills, signalled that such a step would eventually arrive
Arthur’s advocacy for sport and mental health is making the Queen ‘proud’
Arthur is the son of Lady Sarah Chatto and the grandson of Princess Margaret
Ahead of the 2,000 mile GB Row Challenge around the UK last summer, Arthur, 22, rowed for an hour and a half and did an hour-long strength session every day. Twice a week, he would do a two-hour strength session combined with circuit training.
The then-21-year-old took the challenge seriously. During the five weeks it lasted, from July 8 to August 16, he and his team of four lived, trained and competed together – all during a global pandemic.
In a Q&A video for BoundFtiness, the gym he works at, the royal answered all sorts of questions about the adventure, emphasising the mental power it required.
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The mental aspect of exercise is one the Queen’s great-nephew seems to be particularly interested in.
The gym where he’s a personal trainer is labelled online as focusing on the “mental health benefits of exercise” and being “inclusive”.
The most difficult element of the rowing challenge, Arthur said, was “the complexity of the route”.
“You’ve got the Irish Sea, you’ve got Scotland, you’ve got the North Sea.
“You can never settle into a rhythm because everywhere you go it’s changing and it’s different.
He and his team aimed to raise funds for Just One Ocean, an organisation that focuses on ocean conservation, and the British Red Cross.
While they originally intended to do it only for the former, the pandemic encouraged them to get involved with the latter, too.
They managed to raise an amazing £21,500.