Michael Jackson’s eldest son seems to be suffering from vitiligo, the same disfiguring skin disorder that afflicted the late pop superstar. 

As these exclusive National 
ENQUIRER photos show, 17-year-old Prince Michael – pictured leaving a martial arts class in Beverly Hills – has white patches on his arm. “The blotches on his skin were clearly visible, but he seems to be coping with it,” said an insider.

Experts say the disorder can be hereditary. It causes loss of color, resulting in irregular white patches. Prince’s white patches “appear to be vitiligo, which can run in families and more often strikes darker-skinned people,” said dermatologist Dr. Jerome Litt, author of “Your Skin From A to Z,” who has not treated Jackson. “There’s no way to tell how much pigment a person will lose, but it can spread over the entire body.”

Prince and his sister, Paris, 16, were born to Michael’s second wife, Debbie Rowe. The couple divorced in 1999, and he took custody of the children. Michael’s youngest, Prince Michael II, 12, known as “Blanket,” was born to a surrogate. The “Thriller” singer, who died in June 2009, announced he had vitiligo in a 1993 interview.

While representatives for the Jackson family have not addressed media reports about young Prince’s condition since 2009, his aunt LaToya Jackson – Michael’s sister – said in a past interview, “Vitiligo is on my father’s side and Prince has it, too – on his arms and chest.”

While Michael was alive, there was speculation as to whether he truly suffered from the skin condition, but his autopsy confirmed he had vitiligo, with noticeable “patches of light and dark pigmented areas.”Other members of the Jackson clan have noted that the condition runs in their family.

Despite losing his father and battling vitiligo, “Prince seems to be doing fine and leading a normal life,” the insider added.