If you had to describe Prince William and Prince Harry to someone who’ve never heard of them, you’d probably describe William as a clean-shaven, straighty-one-eighty kinda guy, and Harry as the slightly more badass younger bro who DGAF dude who enjoys breaking the royal rules.

Sounds about right, yeah?

But if we rewind the clock back a few years, it seems that wasn’t always the case. Back in 2008, before Wills tied the knot with Kate Middleton, the Duke of Cambridge didn’t look like such a goody-two-shoes heir to the throne (after Prince Charles, of course).

For the royal family’s traditional Christmas Service at Sandringham, William rocked up sporting an insanely hot beard.

Don’t believe me? Check out the proof riiiiight here:

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Source: Getty Images / Mark Cuthbert / UK Press

I mean, just LOOK at him:

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Source: Getty Images / Mark Cuthbert / UK Press

I feel like I’m staring at a campaign for a men’s fashion brand right now:

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Source: Getty Images / Mark Cuthbert / UK Press

Doesn’t he remind you of a rugged British bloke who drives a Range Rover around his family’s holiday home in the Cotswolds??

Of course, Twitter is also getting a little hot under the collar over the resurfaced pics making the rounds on the interwebs:

Seriously though, can someone please tell William to grow it back? Heck, Queen Liz could make a royal decree demanding all those in line for the throne grow a handsome stubble. I, for one, would support it. It might help bolster popular support for the monarchy, just sayin’.

Then the UK will have a Prince to rival Sweden’s royal BABE, Prince Carl Phillip, who honest to god looks like the love interest in a first-class rom-com:

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Source: Getty Images / Michael Campanella

This guy really hit the jackpot of life huh? Not only does he look like a Calvin Klein model, he’s also a legit Prince.

Image: Getty Images / [WPA Pool]