Princess Maragret’s grandson Arthur Chatto has opened up about the demanding rowing challenge he completed for charity last year.
The 22-year-old son of Lady Sarah Chatto, 57, took part in the epic 2,000-mile GB Row Challenge around the UK to raise funds for charity last summer.
Arthur, who announced at the end of the summer he would join the British Marines, said in a video Q&A for the inclusive gym he works at, BoundFtiness, that preparing for the challenge had been ‘mental’ and very physically demanding.
He also added he had decided to become a personal trainer to share the beneficial effects exercise he’s enjoyed with as many people as possible.
Arthur, then 21, set off on the Row challenge on July 8 and completed it on August 16 last year.
Princess Margaret’s grandson, Arthur Chatto, 22, has shared a glimpse into the demanding training regime he had to complete
Arthur, who is training to become a Marine officer, shared videos and pictures of his intense fitness regime online in the past, pictured
The feat demanded some intense preparation in and out of the water, Arthur revealed.
‘It was pretty mental,’ he said. ‘It was about an hour and a half rowing a day with a strength session, so an hour of squats or some back, and then we’d also throw in a two-hour session twice a week, as well as different cross fit style metabolic circuits,’ he added.
‘We’d call them endurance circuits and they’d be about two hours long, so it was just nice and varied,’ he added.
And the royal went on to explain that the challenge’s route was the hardest part of the task to navigate.
Arthur and his housemates completed a 2,000-mile long rowing challenge in the summer of 2020, raising more than £20,000 for the British Red Cross and One Ocean
The challenge took more than a month to complete, and required a very intense training, Arthur has revealed
‘You’ve got the Irish sea, you’ve got Scotland, you’ve got the north sea, and so you can never settle into a rhythm because everywhere you go its changing and its different,’ he said.
The rowing challenge aimed to raise funds for several British charities.
The team had originally intended to raise the funds for Just One Ocean but said the coronavirus pandemic had inspired them to help the British Red Cross as well.
Arthur and his teammates lived at the time together, which explains how they were still able to compete in the race during the pandemic. They were the only team taking part last year due to the coronavirus outbreak, which scuppered other teams from participating.
Arthur was greeted at the finish at St Katherine Docks in London by his family and girlfriend Lizzie Friend.
While Arthur is still best known for his lineage as the grandson of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret, he is quickly gaining a loyal online following thanks to his very cheeky Instagram snaps
Arthur made the Queen ‘proud’ when he told her he would be soon joining the British Marines this Summer.
A personal trainer and model, he reportedly ventured out on 20 mile hikes and went wild camping in the Scottish Highlands in preparation for the training while visiting the Queen and family at Balmoral earlier this month.
Arthur, who studied geography at Edinburgh University, juggled his studies with working as a personal trainer at the ‘inclusive’ BoundFitness gym in the Scottish city.
The facility, which opened last year, is described online as focusing on the ‘mental health benefits of exercise’ and ‘making exercise inclusive’.
In a profile of the young royal shared on Instagram, Arthur wrote: ‘I’m a level 3 personal trainer, I specialise in strength and endurance training with a military focus.’
Arthur is the son of Lady Sarah Chatto, whose mother was the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret (pictured, at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018)
The royal joined an ‘inclusive’ exercise gym in Edinburgh as a personal trainer because he wanted others to experience the benefits of exercise on their mental health
Arthur he decided to become a PT because it’s helped his mental health as well as his physical one and he wants others to experience these beneficial effects.
After attending Westminster Cathedral Choir school he followed in the footsteps of William and Harry at £33,270-a-year Eton.
At Eton he was in its Combined Cadet Force, which teaches pupils various military skills. It echoes the trajectory of Prince Harry, who also joined the CCF at Eton before enrolling in the Armed Forces.
He followed his older brother Sam and now attends Edinburgh University, where he studies Geography.
Princess Margaret’s grandson is also a fan of outdoor sports including Arctic diving and mountain climbing.