Meghan’s royal in-hair-itance
THERE’S BEEN A lot of fuss about the tights; Meghan’s fleshcoloured, librarian tights, that is. But you’re all looking in the wrong place, because the way to tell she’s joined The Firm isn’t by her dubious choice of hosiery. It’s by looking at Meghan’s hair. It’s changed. Gone are the messy buns. Gone is the dramatic side-sweep across one shoulder, which she favoured in her Hollywood days. Instead, as shown last week, Meghan’s opting for a more subtle, more duchessy ’do – hair down, blown into loose curls at the end. And if it looks faintly familiar that’s because, well, it is. Kate did the same in 2011 after she married William. Out went her long, straight, unstyled locks. Sloanesville! In came more polished, bouncing curls.
In many ways the royal hair – heir? – transformation makes sense. These days, they don’t shake hands and kiss babies wearing a crown (too heavy, too impractical, too Tudor), but they still need to look regal. They still need a crowning glory.
The Queen did it in 1957, as shown in the second series of The Crown, when she lopped her shoulder-length bob into a more ‘tidy, sensible’ style, which Philip supposedly dubbed helmet hair, but which she still sports today. As did Princess Anne, who drifted about with her hair down all ’60s and floaty until she started official engagements aged 18 and up it went into her trademark beehive. It’s unclear whether it’s ever come down since…