Harry claims image is 'gingered-up'
Published 01/02/2010 | 07:48
The artist who painted the first double portrait of Princes William and Harry has been accused of making the younger royal's hair a little too ginger, by the third-in-line to the throne himself.
Harry, 25, claimed the painting, which depicts the brothers in military uniform, shows him with overly red locks.
And William, 27, had been given a generous head of hair by artist Nicky Philipps, Harry said.
His comments were made in an interview over the weekend during his visit to Barbados to launch the inaugural Sentebale Polo Cup.
When shown a picture of the portrait, Harry said: "I don't know, I'm a little bit more ginger in there than I am in real life, I think. I don't know, and he got given more hair so, apart from that, it is what it is but no it's nice. It could have been worse."
In the picture the brothers are in conversation wearing the dress uniform of the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals during an imagined moment just before they leave Clarence House for the 2008 Trooping The Colour ceremony.
William is depicted in a casual pose leaning against a doorway in Clarence House's library and his younger brother is seated close by and shown in profile. At the time the picture was painted both princes were in the Household Cavalry but William is now in the RAF.
The brothers appear to be having a light-hearted public disagreement when it comes to their hair.
During William's recent trip to New Zealand and Australia he referred to his brother as ginger during a speech.
While on Saturday, when chatting to a Second World War veteran in Barbados, Harry told him his older brother "was already bald aged 12".