Actor Rob Lowe faces backlash after calling Prince William's hair loss a 'traumatic experience'

Francesca Specter
·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

Rob Lowe is being slated on Twitter after claiming British men don’t take any care of their appearance, citing Prince William’s so-called “traumatic” hair loss as proof.

Asked whether he considered himself more or less vain compared to British man, the American actor responded: “British men set a low bar”.

“Can we talk about William?,” he said during an interview with The Telegraph. “The future king of your country let himself lose his hair!”

Lowe continued: “Honestly, one of the great traumatic experiences of my life was watching Prince William lose his hair. He’s going to be the f***ing king of England!”

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Now, the 55-year-old is facing criticism on Twitter for his jibes about the royal.

Lowe’s comments were debated on today’s ‘This Morning’ show on ITV, with radio presenter James Whale saying he is happy he went bald, and The X Factor’s Christopher Maloney admitting he’s had seven hair transplants.

But viewers were more concerned with Lowe’s initial “rude” comments, which they called him out for.

Prince William began to lose his hair in 2009, and last year he debuted a shaved head for the first time.

He has previously joked about his baldness, last year quipping, “I don't need a haircut anymore, I just take a razor to it!,” during a visit to a Paddington-based barbershop.

Rob Lowe says British men like Prince William set a "low bar" for vanity. [Photo: Getty]
Rob Lowe says British men like Prince William set a "low bar" for vanity. [Photo: Getty]

As for his own hair, Lowe claimed he had been taking steps to prevent it thinning for the past three decades.

“And there’s a pill! The first glimmer that a single hair of mine was going to fall out, I was having that stuff mainlined into my veins. And that’s what I did for the next 30 years.”

Male pattern baldness is a prevalent issue, affecting around one in two of men by the age of fifty and usually beginning around the late twenties and early thirties, according to the NHS.

April 29th 2019 - Prince William The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary. They were married at Westminster Abbey on April 29th 2011. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-42/STAR MAX/IPx 2015 5/2/15 The Princess of Cambridge is seen outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital with her parents Prince William The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge. The Princess was born on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at 8:34 AM weighing 8lbs. 3oz. (London, England, UK)
Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge pictured outside the Lindo Wing after the birth of Princess Charlotte on 2 May 2015. [Photo: Getty]

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For many, like Prince William and more recently his brother Prince Harry, it is down to hereditary genes.

There are a number of methods to help slow the process of hair loss, from taking supplements, and well as more permanent solutions such as hair transplants.

There are also specific anti- hair loss medications available. However, one on the market, finasteride, has recently been linked for dwindling male fertility rates.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 26: Rob Lowe visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 26, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 26: Rob Lowe visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 26, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

British men have not had a good time of it recently. Just last week, a French dating expert claimed they are not “romantic”, citing pub dates as an example.

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