A professional Prince Harry lookalike, who says that impersonating the Duke of Sussex is ”the best job in the world,” predicts that he’ll earn more than £5,000 during the celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Rhys Whittock says he’s already booked for a dozen events throughout the build-up and then the weekend itself, earning between £500 and £700 for each job.
Rhys, 38, says he has been a full-time Harry double since the prince got engaged to Meghan Markle in 2017, picking up two jobs a day in periods when the couple’s profile is particularly high – such as during the run-up to the 2019 royal wedding.
Not only does he earn plenty of money from his lookalike activities, but Londoner Rhys also gets a taste of Harry's celebrity lifestyle. He gets invited to parties, meets “amazing” people, brings people joy and travels around the world, he told My London.
He has even been flown business class to Hong Kong, where he stayed in a five star hotel for three nights in order to attend a billionaire’s 75th birthday party.
The billionaire was “a big fan of everything British”, explained Rhys. A stage set representing Buckingham Palace was created in the hotel lobby, while a birthday cake shaped like a huge royal carriage was wheeled out at one point.
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Rhys said he also once won an easyJet competition for the best Prince Harry lookalike in Europe and was given free flights for a whole year as his prize. “It was an incredible time,” he said.
He says he remembers watching the royals on TV when he was younger and thinking that he looked a bit like Harry. Later, people would walk past him in the street and do a double-take or whisper about the incredible similarities between the two.
Finally, his parents encouraged him to start actually pursuing the lookalike career. These days, the majority of his work is split between doing meet-and-greet events, and photoshoots.
He said he has a selection of looks, including a grey and then a blue suit, as well as a replica of Harry’s signature military uniform. Rhys managed to source the outfit – his most popular look – from a military surplus seller and had replicas made of the prince’s medals.
He has been especially busy recently with events like that one at Windsor, leading up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Sunday, June 5.
Alongside his agents and self-promotion via his website and social media, Rhys is now using Airtasker , a local services marketplace, to advertise his skills to those looking to add an authentic touch to their Jubilee celebrations.
As a big fan of the royal family, Rhys hoped that he will have time over the weekend to catch some of the celebrations in between jobs. But, then again, his work isn’t too far removed from the celebrations themselves.
“I absolutely love my job,” he said. “I couldn’t think of a better job. It’s the best job in the world.”
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