Queen Elizabeth II has a major bone to pick with her young royals. During the recent holiday season, Her Majesty reportedly banned her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton’s dog Lupo from the Christmas festivities at Sandringham because, well, you just can’t have a cocker spaniel mingling with her clan of corgis.
Now, she seems to be royally upset with her hairy grandson.
Prince Harry has been stirring headlines lately for revealing his new red beard while participating in the Walking With The Wounded charity trek to the South Pole. And while the 29-year-old has since returned to Britain, his “Windsor whiskers” are allegedly delighting older brother Prince William and his wife Middleton, but not grandmama.
Express is reporting that Prince Harry informed a well-wisher that beards are actually a royal tradition. However, Queen Elizabeth isn't happy with his new look.
“The Queen soon let her displeasure be known,” says a royal insider to the news site. “She doesn’t mind royal men growing beards when they are away in the Armed Forces or out in the wilds like Harry was in the Antarctic, but she expects them to be clean-shaven when they get home.
“Royal staff are not supposed to grow beards or mustaches and she probably thinks it is difficult to enforce that rule when her own grandson has a beard,” added the source.
Prince Harry reportedly will “probably shave it off soon.”
Oh, and don’t expect the royal rebel to spark any facial trends soon. Express also reveals that although it’s not written in their contracts, servants “are discouraged from growing facial hair.”
“It is frowned upon,” says a member of the Buckingham Palace staff. “You are told not to grow a beard or mustache and that comes from the top. It would not go down well if you tried it on. The Queen thinks they look scruffy and are inappropriate at work.”