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Princess Diana’s stylist reveals haircut secrets

Written by Asif Ullah Khan

The late Diana, Princess of Wales was known for her beautiful head of blonde hair which was always coiffed and preened to perfection. The mother of Prince William and Harry definitely made short hair cool and had one of the most glamorous manes in the world. But, a little-known fact about the Princess is she didn’t actually like people to know when she was having her hair cut. This is because fans were so obsessed with her hair that she got in trimmed every few weeks in secret. Her trusted hairdresser Richard Dalton gave a rare interview with Town & Country magazine and explained: “Whatever I did to her hair became front page news.” Because of this, the Princess always worried about having a drastic cut would take over the news, so Richard reveals he was tactical about the change – “We had to be very careful. We had to do it one-fourth of an inch at a time over several weeks.”

The stylist worked with Diana for 12 years and even gave Prince William and Harry their very first haircuts. “I met Diana when she was 17” he told the publication. “I worked at Fenwick of Bond Street’s in-store salon and cut her sister’s hair.”

Watching the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex no doubt brought back memories for the hairdresser, and he – like the rest of the world – thought Duchess Meghan looked incredible. “Her hair looked very elegant,” he said of Meghan’s up do. “It not only complimented the gown but also balanced the tiara and veil.”

He also gave a fascinating insight into royal protocol. “What people don’t realise, is the magnitude of the monarch length veil and the significance of the tiara. It’s a crown jewel and must be respected and protected. You have to be extremely careful and gentle with it, and absolutely no hairspray or styling product can touch the stones.”

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