Rob Lowe backtracks after poking fun at Prince William’s baldness

Actor Rob Lowe has revealed that caustic comments he made about Prince William‘s baldness last month were actually a reflection on his own insecurity.

The eighties teen heartthrob, who’s about to be seen on UK screens in Lincolnshire police drama Wild Bill, had called watching the 36-year-old royal’s hair loss ‘one of the great traumatic experiences of my life’. 

However, appearing on Good Morning Britain today, the 55-year-old star, said he loved the royal and had only made the remarks because he was narcissistic himself – and added that the prince was a stud!  

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Fire starter! Actor Rob Lowe, who said Prince William's hair loss showed how British men 'set the bar low' on vanity has now reneged on the comments, saying he thinks the future king is a 'stud'

Fire starter! Actor Rob Lowe, who said Prince William's hair loss showed how British men 'set the bar low' on vanity has now reneged on the comments, saying he thinks the future king is a 'stud'

Fire starter! Actor Rob Lowe, who said Prince William’s hair loss showed how British men ‘set the bar low’ on vanity has now reneged on the comments, saying he thinks the future king is a ‘stud’ 

The eighties star, who's about to appear in Lincolnshire cop drama Wild Bill, said he remarks had been lost in translation and actually showed that he's insecure and 'narcissistic'

The eighties star, who's about to appear in Lincolnshire cop drama Wild Bill, said he remarks had been lost in translation and actually showed that he's insecure and 'narcissistic'

The eighties star, who’s about to appear in Lincolnshire cop drama Wild Bill, said he remarks had been lost in translation and actually showed that he’s insecure and ‘narcissistic’ 

Rob Lowe, 55, believes that British men have a low bar for vanity, and Prince William's hair loss is his prime example

Rob Lowe, 55, believes that British men have a low bar for vanity, and Prince William's hair loss is his prime example

When asked if he considered himself less or more vain than British men Lowe said, 'British men set a low bar' - citing the Duke of Cambridge's lost tresses

When asked if he considered himself less or more vain than British men Lowe said, 'British men set a low bar' - citing the Duke of Cambridge's lost tresses

Lowe, 55, said watching William’s hair loss had been ‘a great trauma’ . The Duke of Cambridge pictured right in May 2019

The prince has accepted his thinning crown without calling on modern hair replacement techniques; the royal pictured on June 11th 2019 at Keswick Market

The prince has accepted his thinning crown without calling on modern hair replacement techniques; the royal pictured on June 11th 2019 at Keswick Market

The prince has accepted his thinning crown without calling on modern hair replacement techniques; the royal pictured on June 11th 2019 at Keswick Market

Thatch: The Prince as he looked nearly 20 years ago at Highgrove in 200

Thatch: The Prince as he looked nearly 20 years ago at Highgrove in 200

Thatch: The Prince as he looked nearly 20 years ago at Highgrove in 200

Glory days: '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!' Lowe said. The smiling Prince pictured above in 2005 with a full head of hair

Glory days: '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!' Lowe said. The smiling Prince pictured above in 2005 with a full head of hair

Glory days: ‘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!’ Lowe said. The smiling Prince pictured above in 2005 with a full head of hair 

Earlier this year, Lowe told the Daily Telegraph: ‘Can we talk about William? The future king of your country let himself lose his hair!’

He added: ‘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!’ 

The actor revealed he’d been taking a pill to fight against hair loss, saying: ‘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.’ 

The comments caused a furore on the UK side of the Pond, and the actor used the GMB interview to clarify what he’d meant, saying they’d been lost in translation. 

GMB host Piers Morgan teased the star about how his wife, journalist Celia Walden, had admitted being 'distracted' by Lowe during an interview with him earlier this year

GMB host Piers Morgan teased the star about how his wife, journalist Celia Walden, had admitted being 'distracted' by Lowe during an interview with him earlier this year

GMB host Piers Morgan teased the star about how his wife, journalist Celia Walden, had admitted being ‘distracted’ by Lowe during an interview with him earlier this year

Not that Boston! Lowe starring alongside Angela Griffin, right, and Anjli Mohindra, left, in the new cop drama set in Boston, Lincolnshire

Not that Boston! Lowe starring alongside Angela Griffin, right, and Anjli Mohindra, left, in the new cop drama set in Boston, Lincolnshire

Not that Boston! Lowe starring alongside Angela Griffin, right, and Anjli Mohindra, left, in the new cop drama set in Boston, Lincolnshire

The eighties idol plays Bill Hixon, a US policeman drafted into the local Lincolnshire police force

The eighties idol plays Bill Hixon, a US policeman drafted into the local Lincolnshire police force

The eighties idol plays Bill Hixon, a US policeman drafted into the local Lincolnshire police force

He told the show’s presenters, Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid, the comments said ‘more about me than him.’

He added: ‘My point was here’s a guy who is fully comfortable in his own skin, then on the other side of the coin you have me, I can’t even watch another guy go bald without being even more narcissistic and wanting to plug in the propecia into a drip into my own.

The well-groomed star added: ‘This is my thing, I saw the hubbub it caused on your side of the pond, I think it’s a case of two countries divided by a common language. Because that was literally me slagging my own insecurity and narcissism. He’s a stud, I love him. He’s awesome.’

The prince has accepting his thinning crown with grace. His mane of blonde hair began to disappear around 2009 around the same time he became engaged to Kate Middleton. 

By 2016, the top of his hair was gone and in 2018 he admitted defeat and opted for a bold shaved head look. 

Wild Bill airs on ITV at 8pm tonight 

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