PRINCE Harry shared a joke with a heroic amputee Royal Marine ahead of his record-breaking attempt to row from Gibraltar to South America.

Lee Spencer, who spent 24 years as a Marine – including three tours of Afghanistan – only to lose his right leg while helping out in a traffic accident, sat down for a cup-of-tea with the British royal.

Discussing Spencer’s final preparations in becoming the world’s first physically disabled person to row solo and unsupported from Europe to South America, the Royal quipped: “At least you won’t have to make conversation.”

Spencer is setting off from Gibraltar on January 18 in nothing but a 7-meter rowing boat, and attempting to row solo and unsupported 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

This double Guinness world record holder is setting a new world record and also attempting to beat the current able bodied record of 96 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes.