After the news of the royal engagement broke and we got a load of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official engagement photos, we were left with just one question — uh, is Prince Harry balding? (OK, and whose side should we sit on at the wedding ceremony, but that’s a less pressing concern right now.) We can’t say we’d really noticed much before, but all of a sudden, we were transfixed. There it was, a spot at the back of Harry’s head where he was looking, well, not so hairy. And then when he and his fiancée stepped out for their first royal event as an engaged couple, we finally caught a full glimpse at the back of the prince. And we saw it — what could only be identified as a big ol’ bald spot right at the crown of the royal’s head.
With the question of Harry’s balding confirmed, suddenly we had a million more questions, such as when did Harry start balding? How long has this been going on? Did everybody but us know? What does Meghan think? And, most importantly, how did we not notice?
We took a look back through the years, and as it turns out, Prince Harry’s bald spot has been steadily growing for a while now — much to his brother’s delight, we’re sure. Prince William has been the butt of more than his fair share of hair loss jokes, from Harry, the media, and even his own wife. Now that Harry’s facing a similar fate, we can only imagine the sibling revenge must be out in full force. Check out our gallery below to see Prince Harry’s bald spot bloom over the years.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.
Prince Harry Bald Spot Watch 2010
Prince Harry in 2010
We traced this observation back to its roots (pun intended), and we think we can pinpoint the start of Harry's hair loss back to 2010. While out and about, the very back of Harry's head seemed like it was maybe thinning. We wouldn't have noticed if we weren't looking for it, but it seems just a little less thick than the rest of his hair.
Prince Harry Balding 2011
Prince Harry in 2011
One year later, and you could theoretically convince yourself that that first pic was just a trick of the light. But if you look closely, the crown of his head does seem to have less, well, coverage than the rest of his head. From the front, his locks still look plenty luscious, though. (Prince Will's bald spot is, of course, in full effect by this point.)
Prince Harry Hair Loss 2013
Prince Harry in 2013
By 2013, though, it's confirmed. Harry's not just balding, he's developing a full blown baby bald spot. Again, the hair on the side of his head and at the base of his skull is still plenty thick. But as for the crown of his head, well, it leaves a little to be desired in the hair care game.
Prince Harry Hair Thinning 2015
Prince Harry in 2015
And then by 2015 you can see that yep, confirmed, Harry's got a bald spot. And honestly, we don't know how we missed this for so long. We're going to chalk it up to the fact that photographers tend to aim for pictures of his face — but it's still pretty blatant.
Prince Harry Losing His Hair 2017
Prince Harry in 2017
Out and about with Meghan, the bald spot is getting a spotlight. And it's creeping slowly over more and more of his head. Now that we know what to look for, well, let's just let the Prince Harry Royal Bald Spot Watch begin.