Londoner Rhys Whittcock will work on 12 events himself leading up to and over the weekend, earning up to £700 for each job
A lookalike of Prince Harry is set to make more than £5,000 from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next weekend.
Rhys Whittcock, 38, tells MyLondon that he has 12 events planned, with each job typically fetching him between £500 and £700.
Ever since Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle in 2017, he’s made a living pretending to be the Queen’s nephew.
As well as attending business and social events, Rhys has flown around the world to make a billionaire happy on his birthday and benefited from a full year of free air travel thanks to an EasyJet look-alike contest.
Rhys also uses Airtasker, a local services marketplace, to promote his work to those looking for Jubilee entertainment.
He also has agents and self-promotes through his website and social media.
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It will be a particularly busy time for him ahead of the anniversary celebrations on Sunday, June 5th.
It’s occasions like Harry and Meghan’s wedding and the Queen’s Jubilee that are proving “very profitable” for the Southwark man, who once won an EasyJet competition for the best Prince Harry look-alike in Europe and gave him one earned free flights all year long.
The majority of the Londoner’s work is divided between meet-and-greets or events and photo shoots.
He has a choice of suits as well as a replica of Harry’s military gear – a crowd favourite. Rhys managed to source the outfit from a military surplus seller and had replicas of Prince Harry’s medals made.
“I went into a lot of detail to make it as accurate as possible,” he told MyLondon.
“People love the military attire – it adds that extra bit of distinctiveness and is as identifiable as Prince Harry.”
Not only does Rhys work two jobs a day during peak hours, but he gets invited to parties around the world and receives generous perks.
He was once flown business class to Hong Kong to celebrate a billionaire’s 75th birthday, he told MyLondon.
They are “a big fan of everything British,” Rhys said – to the point where a set of Buckingham Palace was erected in the hotel lobby and a birthday cake was wheeled out in the shape of a royal carriage.
Rhys stayed in a five star hotel for three nights.
He said people often walked past him and made a double impression or whispered about the incredible similarities between him and Prince Harry.
The Londoner even managed to completely fool people.
After a work event in Windsor, he and the Prince William lookalike were walking back to the train station when a woman horrified them and stopped them.
“She gasped and asked for a photo,” Rhys explained. “She was so excited we couldn’t bring ourselves to tell her we’re not her. She had come to Windsor for the day and gone home with a photograph of the princes to show her family. It made her day.”
Rhys is also a big fan of the royals himself.
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“I absolutely love my job,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine a better job. It’s the best job in the world.”
Her Majesty the Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.
The four-day bank holiday is timed to allow celebrations to take place over a four-day weekend in June 2022 with a staggering £15million budget.
Celebrations include the Queen’s Birthday Parade, a Thanksgiving Service and a Platinum Party at the Palace.
Sunday is the big anniversary lunch and there is a platinum anniversary competition.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are traveling from their home in California for the celebrations.
The couple stepped down as senior working royals in 2020.
Their children Archie, three, and 11-month-old Lilibet will also join them, with the Queen set to meet Lilibet for the first time since she was born last June.
News of her return came just minutes after she was announced They will not be on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Trooping the Color event after Her Majesty restricted it to working royals only.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-harry-lookalike-who-fooled-27069560 Prince Harry, who fools people, is said to make £5,000 during the Queen's Jubilee