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Thursday 17 April 2014

In pictures: Prince Harry's reaction to 'lookalike' doll gift

Prime Minister and Prince Harry given dolls as they promote British business in New York

Prince Harry and British Prime Minster David Cameron are presented with dolls of themselves by 'Makielab' company co-founder Jo Roach (R) during part of a UK business campaign called 'GREAT' at the Milk Studios on May 14, 2013 in Manhattan, New York.
Prince Harry and British Prime Minster David Cameron are presented with dolls of themselves by 'Makielab' company co-founder Jo Roach (R) during part of a UK business campaign called 'GREAT' at the Milk Studios on May 14, 2013 in Manhattan, New York.

Prince Harry pulled a grimace worthy of his father when he was presented with a "mini me" as a souvenir of his visit to New York.

Harry's unique 'lookalike' doll gift was from a British technology company featured at an event showcasing innovative UK businesses.

But His Royal Highness didn't look terribly convinced.

The Prince was joined by David Cameron, who also received a £90 doll, at the reception held in a Manhattan photographic studio used by Madonna.

But the two men, in the US on separate official visits, both wanted a few adjustments made to their figures.

The event which was part of the Great campaign, a Government initiative which promotes the UK around the world as a place to visit, study and do business in, on the back of the success of the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.

The small models were created by MakieLab a company started only 18 months ago in London by two women, Jo Reach and Alex Taylor.

Ms Reach, 37, described the Prince's reaction to his doll: "Harry said he was impressed that we got his (Army Air Corps) cap right but he thought it looked a bit French so he adjusted it more on the side."

Harry laughed when the PM jokingly complained that the makers had given him a new brushed forward hairdo.

"We're trying to modernise you" one of the company founders said and Mr Cameron replied, smiling: "I'll take that tip on board."

MakieLab, a 3D printing company which makes toys of the future created the Prince and the politician dolls especially for the Great event.

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