By Emma Dooney
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.
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”.
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.
“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.
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"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.
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 is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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