- Hair Loss

Did Prince Harry’s hair loss push him to ‘rush’ marriage to Meghan Markle? – The Mercury News

Since marrying Meghan Markle, Prince Harry has shown that he’s following his brother Prince William in one tradition among British royal men.

Like William, Harry, 34, is losing his hair. Hair loss experts interviewed by the U.K. tabloid The Sun say the balding area on the top and back of Harry’s head has expanded noticeably since his May 19 wedding at Windsor Castle.

“There has been a significant acceleration of his baldness in the last year, and Harry is now losing his hair as rapidly as his brother William,” Dr. Asim Shahmalak from Manchester’s Crown Clinic told the U.K. tabloid.

Meanwhile, another hair loss expert goes so far as to say that the Duke of Sussex may have “rushed into a marriage” with to the U.S.-born former TV actress due to “niggling insecurities” over his hair loss.

Spencer Stevenson, whose SpexHair website says it offers support and information about cutting-edge research and treatments for hair loss, told the Sun that young men going bald sometimes rush into marriage “because they feel as though no one will be interested in them once their receding hairline worsens.”

Stevenson said that could be true for red-headed Harry, even though he is rich, royal and was once regarded as one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

“He’s only human after all,” Stevenson said. “If he’d had a niggling insecurity like that which comes with hair loss, it could very well have influenced him to make a snap decision on marriage.”

Stevenson continued: “When you consider his apparent Jack-the-Lad nature, and the fact that he’s constantly in the public eye, it’s probably safe to assume that he too could have been paranoid that his own thinning crown would make him less attractive — despite his wealth and status.”

Stevenson’s theory adds to the mass of rumors and reports about the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, including the idea is Meghan, 37, is an ambitious social climber who years ago set her sights on marrying a royal.

Certainly, a number of royal observers believe that Harry’s decision to propose marriage came about pretty quickly. Harry and Meghan became engaged in November 2017, just a year after it was confirmed in November 2016 that they had been dating.

Much of the couple’s romance also took place while they were living on different sides of the Atlantic, according to a timeline of their relationship. For much of the time, the previously married Meghan was living in Toronto, Canada, where she filmed the TV legal drama “Suits.” While Meghan reportedly stayed with Harry at Kensington Palace’s Nottingham Cottage during visits, she didn’t move full-time to London until after the engagement was announced.

But it’s possible that their whirlwind trip to the altar also was spurred by Meghan’s biological time clock. It’s pretty well known that women’s chances of getting pregnant decline after age 35.

The Duchess of Sussex is expecting her and Harry’s first child. With Meghan’s due date in April or May, it’s clear the couple got to work starting a family immediately after their lavish, globally televised royal wedding.

With regard to the Windsor men’s hair loss issues, Harry has loved teasing his older brother William about going bald. Harry once quipped, “I think he definitely is brainier than I am, but we established that at school, along with his baldness.”

William’s baldness also became a joke in a January 2018 “Saturday Night Live” skit, with cast members Alex Moffat and Mikey Day playing William and Harry showing their brotherly love. The skit was produced around the same time that the real Prince William debuted his buzz cut to show that he was fully embracing his shiny pate.

To pretty careful observers, it has been apparent that Harry had inherited the gene that leads to early hair loss and which also has affected his grandfather Prince Philip, his father Prince Charles and his uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Shahmalak also suggested that Harry probably grew a beard — a classic sign of virility — to compensate for his hair loss. The doctor moreover told The Sun that Harry needs to decide soon whether to take “action,” including a hair transplant, to avoid advanced pattern baldness like other men in his family.

Then again, maybe the prince shouldn’t worry, Shahmalak added to The Sun. “He clearly has a wife in Meghan who loves him no matter what the state of his hair,” he said.