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Prince William and other royals who have sported beards and facial hair

Prince William looked really different with a beard, Prince Harry and King Charles have also worn them

beard or no beard
Jenni McKnight
Jenni McKnightUS Lifestyle Editor
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Royal men love to experiment with their facial hair, and while for some it has been merely a phase, for other members of family, their bearded look is here to stay. Beards have hit the headlines this week as Prince Harry's explosive book Spare has revealed that while he was given permission to have a beard when he married his wife, Meghan Markle, Prince William was furious about it because he hadn't been afforded the same option. He demanded Harry shave it off - but Harry refused. 

We were struggling to remember what Prince William looked like with facial hair - so here's a look at all the royal men who have experimented with facial hair in the past. It can be hard to decide which looks best. 

It's time to play beard or no beard, the royal edition…

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Prince William

prince william beard

Country: United Kingdom

Family History: Prince William's parents are Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

Rank: First in line to the throne 

Hello! Votes: Beard

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King Willem-Alexander

king willem alexander

Country: The Netherlands

Family History: King Willem-Alexander is the eldest child of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus van Amsberg

Rank: He is King

Hello! Votes: Beard

Prince Carl Philip 

prince carl beard

Country: Sweden

Family History: Prince Carl Philip is the only son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia

Rank: Fourth in line to the throne

Hello! Votes: No beard

Prince Harry

prince harry beard

Country: United Kingdom

Family History: Prince Harry's parents are Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. 

Rank: Fifth in line to the throne

Hello! Votes: Beard

Mike Tindall

mike tindall beard© Photo: Getty Images

Country: United Kingdom

Family History: The former England rugby union player is married to Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Tindall

Hello! Votes: Beard

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Crown Prince Haakon 

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Country: NorwayFamily History: Prince Haakon the only son of King Harald V and Queen Sonja 

Rank: First in line to the throne

Hello! Votes: Beard

Andrea Casiraghi

prince andrea beard

Country: Monaco 

Family History: Andrea Casiraghi is the eldest son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and her first husband Stefano Casiraghi. He is the grandchild of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and former American actress Grace KellyPrincess of Monaco.

Rank: Fourth in line to the throne. 

Hello! Votes: Beard

King Charles

prince charles beard

Country: United Kingdom

Family History: Prince Charles is the first child of the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh

Rank: King!

Hello! Votes: Beard

Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark

prince frederik

Country: Denmark 

Family History: Prince Frederik is the elder son of Queen Margrethe II and the late Henrik, Prince Consort.

Rank: First in line to the throne

Hello! Votes: No beard

King Felipe VI of Spain

king philipe beard

Country: Spain

Family History: King Felipe VI of Spain's parents are King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía

Rank: He is King

Hello! Votes: Beard

Pierre Casiraghi

Country: Monaco 

Family History: Pierre Casiraghi is the youngest son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and her first husband Stefano Casiraghi. He is the grandchild of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and former American actress Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.

Rank: Eighth in line to the throne. 

Hello! Votes: Beard

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