The portrait was done by Welsh artist Dan Llywelyn Hall, who previously said he would not "change a thing" about his portraits.
"I'm with Oscar Wilde on this, I would say it's the role of the artist to educate the critic and the role of the critic to educate the public," said Hall. "So for me it's just a matter of rolling with the punches."
Royal portraits have a history of harsh reviews after being revealed. Both of Kate Middleton's portraits were criticized by the masses. Hall did a similar portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which received similar feedback.
Indeed it is. In fact, it is frightening! "Prince William Portrait Blasted as 'AWFUL'" http://t.co/7cNOPDNzGU— Royal Correspondent (@RoyalCorrespond) July 2, 2014
That portrait of Prince William is absolutely appalling, a child could do better....— meg rawlins (@greatauntmuffy) July 2, 2014