Prince Harry’s hair loss is said to have accelerated since he and wife Meghan quit their royal lives and moved to the US (Image: Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

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Prince Harry should act now to prevent going bald as his hair loss has accelerated while in the US, a cosmetic surgeon has said.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, is said to have lost hair at a quicker speed since he and wife Meghan Markle, 39, quit their lives as senior royals last year and moved to California.

Leading surgeon Dr Asim Shahmalak, who works at the Crown Clinic in Manchester, warned the Duke of Sussex must take action to prevent going bald at the age of 50.

But there is good news for the Duke, as he is balding at a slower pace than Prince William and is 10 years behind his older brother when it comes to hair loss.

Dr Shahmalak said: "Harry is 36 and at the same stage of hair loss as William was when he was 26.

"The baldness gene is not as strong in Harry but he is still losing his hair quickly.

"At present most of Harry's hair loss is around the crown area.

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The Duke of Sussex will look like this at 50 if he doesn't take any measures to combat his hair loss, according to the Crown Clinic
(Image: Crown Clinic/ Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

"He has a growing bald patch right across his crown and you can also see that his hair is also thinning out towards the front.

"Without treatment, the acceleration we have seen over the last 15 months will only increase over the next year. Harry may never be as bald as his brother William.

"William has been more affected than any of the royal men.

"He inherited the powerful baldness gene from his father Prince Charles, who got it from his father Prince Philip.

"With each generation, the hair loss appears to be getting worse which can happen in some families.

Tensions between the Sussexes and senior royals have been high since the couple moved to the US and gave a bombshell interview to Oprah
(Image: Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)

"An added factor is that there is also a hair loss gene on Harry and William's mother Diana's side. Her father, Earl Spencer, was also bald.

"The baldness gene can be passed down on both sides of the family."

The progression of the brothers' hair loss can be seen in the video of the pair talking together at RAF Shawbury in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 2009, when they were both still serving in the forces.

At the time Prince William was 26 and showing a similar level of male pattern baldness as Harry is now.

Over the last 12 years, William, 38, has lost nearly all the hair on the top of his scalp whereas Harry's hair loss has been slower.

However, there has been an acceleration over the last two years in the younger prince.

The hair loss gene is on both sides of the family as Princess Diana's father was also bald
(Image: Getty)

Dr Shahmalak has produced a graphic to show how Prince Harry's hair will look at 50 if he does not take action to combat his baldness.

He said: "No two brothers are the same, but both William and Harry have inherited the same baldness gene. It is too late for Prince William and there is nothing that can be done to reverse his hair loss.

"Harry still has time if he wants to take action.

"Harry will be almost as bald as his older brother at 50 if he does nothing, though he will probably have a little more hair at the front of his scalp."

While it may be just a genetic factor, the NHS cites stress as being a main cause of hair loss – and Harry and Meghan's move to the US can't really be defined as stress-free.

The two have been living in an £11m mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara, but tensions with senior royals have been running high ever since they stepped back from the family.

The couple have been living in an £11m mansion in Montecito with their two-year-old son Archie and their newborn Lilibet
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The situation was then exacerbated by the couple being at the centre of high-profile interviews where they publicly attacked the royal family and accused them of racism, among other things.

Dr Shahmalak , whose celebrity clients include the Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd, and the model Calum Best, said there were two courses of action Harry could take.

He said: "He could slow down or halt the natural loss of his hair by taking a clinically proven drug such as Propecia, also known as Finasteride.

"This should stop him going any more bald but it won't grow any new hair.

"Around two per cent of patients taking Propecia can suffer side effects such as loss of libido but this soon stops if you no longer take the drug.

"But the only way to patch up Harry's bald spots is with a hair transplant.

"Hair can be taken from the back and sides of the scalp and replanted in the balding areas to cover up his thinning around the crown.

"All the transplanted hair is permanent and will last him for the rest of his life."