While you were swooning over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s latest royal appearance together, Prince William debuted a new look in plain sight. The Duke of Cambridge embarked on a solo engagement today at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, where he showed off a surprisingly short haircut.
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Compare that crop to his look from two days ago:
It didn’t take for online fans to notice and react on Twitter.
I've been begging him to shave his heads for years. Sounds like he's finally listened.
— Simon Palmer (@SimonJohnPalmer) January 18, 2018
Bruhhh you need to Mr. Clean it pic.twitter.com/wzBzdYDeH5
— TheoJ🌬 (@TheoDaDon) January 18, 2018
— Cheryl (@sherrilynn0420) January 18, 2018
I like the Duke’s hair cut short like that!
— AB (@NothingsTweet) January 18, 2018
Loving the hair!
— Joanne Thornton (@JoThornton76) January 18, 2018
Wow. New hairstyle 😳
— Heather Auld (@hiauld) January 18, 2018
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Though the prince has been experiencing hair loss, he still has a good sense of humour about it. Last fall, he made news for joking about balding while speaking to a barber at a royal event. “I don’t have much hair, I can’t give you much business,” William said to him.
Even Kate Middleton quipped about the duke’s hair loss during their royal visit to Australia in 2014. Farmer Lyn Crejan recalled showing the royal couple a bunch of alpaca wool, which happened to be the same color as William’s hair. “The Prince was interested in the alpaca and as I showed it to them, the [duchess] said he should put it on his head,” Crejan said, according to E!. “She said, ‘You need it more than me,’ and pointed to his head and he laughed.”
Haircut aside, the Duke of Cambridge met with young patients at the hospital today, along with their families and staff to celebrate the success of Step Into Health, a program that helps veterans find employment in the National Health Service. The organization is also a part of The Royal Foundation, which William, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton oversee.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.