Meghan Markle’s former hair stylist shares his unforgettable experience working with the royal icon

Meghan Markle’s former hairdresser has revealed the truth about working on her high-pressure glam squad

Meghan Markle’s former hairdresser shares his unforgettable experience working with the royal icon
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Meghan Markle’s former hairstylist has revealed what it was really like to work on her glam squad.

Meghan Markle's former hair stylist has shared details of his experience working on the royal’s beauty team.
• George Northwood was behind many of Meghan’s iconic looks, including her effortlessly messy bun.
• In other royal news, the Queen shows 'vulnerable' side with touching tribute to Prince Philip.

Meghan Markle's former hair stylist has opened up about his experience working on the glamorous royal icon's style team. 

George Northwood created many of Meghan Markle's most famous looks, including the elegant chignon style she wore to her 2018 wedding reception at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. This came after Meghan Markle's wedding dress and elegant up-do for her ceremony had already stunned royal fans, though her evening look was just as beautiful. 

The London hairdresser bid farewell to Meghan when she and Prince Harry announced they were moving to the US with their son, Archie, but is unlikely to ever forget the memories of working with her. 

“I have enjoyed every minute collaborating with this amazing couple,” he wrote on his social media in response to the news of their controversial royal departure. 

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (R) and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, (L) leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP via Getty Images)

Meghan and Harry leaving Windsor Castle to attend their wedding reception at Frogmore Cottage

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The celebrity hair guru, who has perfected a number of stunning long hairstyles for the Duchess of Sussex, went on to praise Meghan and Harry for their support of small businesses, as well as their endorsement of “diversity, equality and the importance of good mental health”. 

The couple has been actively promoting a number of causes since moving into their $14 million Santa Barbara mansion, including vaccine equity and mental health awareness. Prince Harry and Meghan even made a special request on Archewell's website for Archie's birthday last month for fans to make $5 donations to a Covid-19 vaccine fund. 

Meghan also has a new plan to promote well-being for families in the US which involves sending copies of her children's book, The Bench, to organizations across the country. 

But before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex became big-time philanthropists, they were fully committed to their roles as working royals. George worked with the couple for two years, joining them on their highly-publicized tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Tongo in 2018. 

During this time, he recalls bonding with Meghan in particular, whose laid-back nature reminded him of his “California girl clients”.

FRASER ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 22: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walking along Kingfisher bay walk about on October 22, 2018 in Fraser Island, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Meghan and Harry on their tour of Australia in 2018 

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The Duchess was likely quite different from many of his royal clients, having previously worked as an actor on a hit legal show in Hollywood. Meghan Markle's Suits role came to an end up in 2017 when she retired from the entertainment industry to marry Prince Harry and embrace life as a full-time working royal.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Meghan Markle attends 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week during day 7 on September 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

Meghan Markle during her Suits days in 2014 

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“We hit it off—we immediately spoke the same language,” George told Vogue in 2020. “A lot of the time it was just me and her—you have back-to-back engagements, a lot of different looks, and a full-on schedule, so you become very close in that period.” 

Despite her regal status, George wanted Meghan’s hair to look “approachable” to the public. This word was the inspiration for Meghan's iconic messy bun, a style that solidified her as the ultimate modern princess. 

“We wanted it to be up because a lot of the time it was appropriate for it to be up, but we didn’t want it to be too formal. We always wanted it to be refined imperfection—that’s what sums her up,” George explained.

"The way she approaches things is how an everyday woman would approach things—she has a real sense of style and she wanted to look approachable, even though she was a princess,” he added. 

Meghan isn't the only royal with enviable locks. The Duchess of Cambridge is also famous for her flawless hairstyles, often stepping out with perfectly groomed chestnut brown tresses. 

Kate Middleton smiling

Kate Middleton with a sleek hairdo 

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While she normally wears her mane on the wavier side, fans went wild for Kate Middleton's straight hairstyle in an NHS Instagram video at the beginning of the year. She also isn't afraid to experiment with color, choosing to lighten it by a couple of shades last April. 

Kate Middleton's caramel highlights were yet another example of how the future Queen expresses her personal style whilst maintaining that classic royal look.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.