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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Harry and PM receive doll gifts

Published 14/05/2013 | 20:51

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Prince Harry and David Cameron are presented with dolls during their visit to New York
Both Mr Cameron and Harry were impressed with their dolls, though they both requested changes

Prince Harry became a living doll when he was presented with a "mini me" as a souvenir of his visit to New York.

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Harry's unique gift was from a British technology company featured at an event showcasing innovative UK businesses.

The Prince was joined by David Cameron, who also received a £90 doll, at the reception held in a Manhattan photographic studio used by Madonna.

But the two men, in the US on separate official visits, both wanted a few adjustments made to their figures.

The event which was part of the Great campaign, a Government initiative which promotes the UK around the world as a place to visit, study and do business in, on the back of the success of the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.

The small models were created by MakieLab a company started only 18 months ago in London by two women, Jo Reach and Alex Taylor.

Ms Reach, 37, described the Prince's reaction to his doll: "Harry said he was impressed that we got his (Army Air Corps) cap right but he thought it looked a bit French so he adjusted it more on the side."

Harry laughed when the PM jokingly complained that the makers had given him a new brushed forward hairdo.

"We're trying to modernise you" one of the company founders said and Mr Cameron replied, smiling: "I'll take that tip on board."

MakieLab, a 3D printing company which makes toys of the future created the Prince and the politician dolls especially for the Great event.

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