Prince Harry is rapidly losing his hair, with his bald patch ‘doubling in size’ in the past year, according to a leading trichologist.
Transplant surgeon, Dr Asim Shahmalak, has claimed that the thinning hair on his crown has dramatically increased since his wedding as the Duke of Sussex juggles royal duties and fatherhood.
Dr Shahmalak, from Manchester’s Crown Clinic, claimed Harry, 34, has been experiencing the same acceleration of hair loss as Prince William, 37.
The Harley Street consultant told The Sun: ‘Fatherhood has definitely not been kind to Prince Harry’s hair.’
May 2018: Prince Harry’s bald patch was barely visible at his wedding to Meghan Markle last year. He has long teased his brother William for his loss of hair…but now looks to be following in his brother’s footsteps
May 2019: An expert has claimed Harry’s bald patch has doubled in size, and pointed to the stress of the past year as a potential trigger. Pictured: Prince Harry earlier this week during the official launch of the one year countdown to the Invictus Games The Hague 2020
Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan Markle, 37, welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison on May 6th.
The expert went on to explain that there has been a definite acceleration in his male pattern baldness in the last few months, and said stress around fatherhood could be to blame.
He said: ‘Stress is a factor in hair loss so the struggles of combining his royal duties with marriage and becoming a father for the first time maybe a reason why his hair is thinning noticeably across the top of his scalp.’
He also gestured to the strong baldness gene that runs through the whole Windsor family.
Prince Harry’s thinner hair is visible in the photograph released earlier this week of the Queen meeting his son, Archie Harrison
Prince Harry alongside his brother William at his wedding last May. The baldness gene is strong in the Windsor family, with Philip, Charles, William and now Harry battling hair loss
Harry’s ginger locks were looking a little thinner during his visit to The Hague on Thursday, where he officially launched the Invictus Games
Though Prince Charles is still hanging on to his hair, Harry’s brother Prince William has long battled against baldness, and began losing his hair in his twenties.
The royal famously shaved his head in January last year in order to hide the worst impact of the hair loss.
Harry always loved mocking his brother for his hair loss, once quipping: ‘I think he definitely is brainier than I am, but we established that at school, along with his baldness.’
And it’s believed while on the royal’s recent tour of New Zealand a fan told him, ‘you look just like your father’ to which quick-witted Harry quipped, ‘I’m losing my hair like him too’.
Meanwhile Prince Philip, 97, is also bald.
Dr Asim Shahmalak also suggested that Meghan may put pressure on Prince Harry to do something about his hair loss, such as getting a hair transplant
Prince Harry’s bald patch is also visible in this photograph from the Duke and Duchess’ wedding, which they shared as a Christmas card this year
Prince William started balding in his twenties, and famously shaved his head in an effort to counteract his hair loss. Pictured: Prince William chats to guests at a reception after delivering a speech to celebrate the national rollout of the ‘Step into Health’ programme, at Chandos House in London, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
The expert went on: ‘Harry’s baldness was slower to take off but now, aged 34, he is catching up his brother fast, particularly in the crown area.’
The hair professional explained that around 30 per cent of men have experienced some form of hair loss by Harry’s age.
Dr Shahmalak also revealed that Prince Harry could have come under pressure from his bride Meghan to tackle his hair loss, saying: ‘She was a Hollywood actress in her former career so she knows very well the value of looking good.’
Prince William and Harry both share the ‘baldness gene’ which could lead to the royals choosing certain hair styles
Baldness runs in the family: Prince Philip is also bald, while Prince Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew, has also struggled wit hair loss
He also suggested that Harry may have grown his beard to compensate for his thinning hair, pointing out that it’s very common for men who are thinning on top to grow a beard to detract from the hair loss on the scalp.
Prince Harry has had an exceptionally busy year, marrying Meghan Markle, and facing a delayed move into newly-renovated Frogmore Cottage, as well as welcoming his first child, a son called Archie.
Prince Harry, pictured here in 2005, previously had a full head of ginger hair. His baldness is said to have accelerated in the past year
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5.26am on Monday and weighed 7lbs 3oz.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also set up their own staff, separating from Kate Middleton and Prince William earlier this year.
Strains are said to have existed between the two families, with rumours that Prince Harry and his brother had fallen out.