Is Prince Harry going bald? It happens in the best of families.

Prince Harry wrote in Spare, his memoir, “I looked at Willy, really looked at him, perhaps for the first time since we were little, taking in every detail. His baldness was alarming and more advanced than mine.

Surprisingly not only did Harry address his brother’s hair loss issues in his book, but his as well.

The quote started the discussion in the media to the point that during Anderson Cooper’s “60 Minutes” interview, the journalist described the passage about William’s baldness as “pretty cutting.” Prince Harry responded, saying that he didn’t see the description as cutting and added: “None of anything I’ve written, anything that I’ve included is ever intended to hurt my family.” 

Hurtful or not, the reality is that there is plenty of baldness in the Royal Family. King Charles is balding, Prince William started going bald in his 20s and now Prince Harry is showing signs of hair loss too. 

A cosmetic surgeon in the U.K., Dr. Asim Shahmalack, who works at the highly regarded Crown Clinic in Manchester, pointed out that Harry’s hair loss has accelerated since he moved to California with his wife Meghan Markle, as published in the Daily Mail. ”No two brothers are the same, but both William and Harry have inherited the same baldness gene.” Shahmalack added, “It is too late for Prince William and there is nothing that can be done to reverse his hair loss. Harry still has time if he wants to take action.” 

The specialist also said, “The baldness gene is not as strong in Harry but he is still losing his hair quickly. At present, most of Harry’s hair loss is around the crown area. He has a growing bald patch right across his crown and you can also see that his hair is also thinning out towards the front. Without treatment, the acceleration we have seen over the last 15 months will only increase over the next years. Harry may never be as bald as his brother. Prince William has been more affected than any of the royal men”. 

Dr. Asim Shahmalak produced the rendering below to show how Prince Harry will look at 50 if he doesn’t start treating his hair loss issue soon.  

“He inherited the powerful baldness gene from King Charles, who got it from his father Prince Philip,” Dr. Asim Shahmalak said. “With each generation, the hair loss appears to be getting worse which can happen in some families.” He also pointed out that Diana’s father, Earl Spencer also dealt with baldness. 

But is the baldness inherited from King Charles’ side? Or would they also blame Princess Diana for her sons losing their hair? Well, one popular myth is that hair loss in men is passed down from the mother’s side of the family while hair loss in women is passed down from the father’s side; however, the truth is that the genes for hair loss and hair loss itself are actually passed down from both sides of the family.  

The type of hair loss that is passed down to individuals through genetics is known as androgenetic alopecia, more commonly known as male/female pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness usually begins at the hairline, causing hair loss on the forehead and at the temples first. It can occur as early as the late teens and early 20s. 

It may feel good to know that even royal blood isn’t immune to baldness. Although their baldness makes headlines and stories like the one below, at least for commoners is a more private issue!

#MNHD Editorial Staff