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Harry sees red over ginger picture

The artist who painted the first double portrait of Princes William and Harry was accused of making the younger royal's hair a little too ginger -- by the third-in-line to the British throne himself.

Harry (25) claimed the painting, which depicts the royal brothers in military uniform, shows him with overly red locks.

And he also stated William (27) had been given a generous head of hair by artist Nicky Philipps.

Harry's comments were made in an interview during his visit to Barbados to launch the inaugural Sentebale Polo Cup.

The event was played for the first time yesterday and the sporting spectacle will become an annual fundraising fixture for the royal's charity Sentebale which helps vulnerable African children.

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 two princes are "in conversation" wearing the formal dress uniform of the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals during an imagined moment just before they leave Clarence House to take part in the 2008 Trooping The Colour ceremony.



Casual

The second-in-line to the throne is painted in a casual pose leaning against a doorway in Clarence House's library while 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 has now joined 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 World War Two veteran in Barbados Harry, who is training to become an Army helicopter pilot, told him his older brother "was already bald aged 12".

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