Is Duchess Kate’s new hairstyle really a low-maintenance ‘working mum’ look??

Princess Charlotte is spotted on her first day of School in London!

Princess Charlotte’s big first day of school photo-op was hijacked by her mom’s hair. Welcome to the monarchy, Lottie!! While there are lots of people gushing over the cute Cambridge kids in their little school uniforms, there has been A LOT of discussion about Kate’s appearance. Which I understand, honestly. We’ve barely seen her in the past two months – there were her Wimbledon appearances in July, then the Kings Cup thing, and then the church photo-op at Balmoral. And that’s it. And clearly, Kate wanted to debut her “new look” today. A big part of that new look was her bright new caramel/red highlights (which are really well done) and a very fresh-looking blowout. But of course, the Daily Mail got a stylist to say that actually, Kate’s new look proves that she’s not high-maintenance at all. LOL.

A stylist has revealed how Kate has embraced the ‘working mum’ look, as little Charlotte was pictured arriving for her first day at school today. Kate, 37, sported a shorter, shiny blow dry as she took Charlotte, 4, to the £18,915-a-year Thomas’s Battersea school in South London. And following their appearance, stylist James Johnson revealed how Kate’s hair has transitioned from a more ‘polished’ summer look, to a more practical style with a ’90s on-trend flick’, and explained how Kate appeared to be taking a leaf out of Meghan’s more ‘relaxed’ look book.

Speaking about Kate’s hair transition, stylist James Johnson told Femail: ‘We’ve seen Kate showcase a longer hairstyle over the summer, both in July at the Hampton Court Flower Palace Garden Show and in August at the sailing regatta where her hair looked very preened. And now we’re all back to school, the working mum side of her is out! She’s gone for the chop, to the long bob, very on trend and adaptable for any time of the year. A long bob is often a great choice for busy people, not too long gets in the way, and still short enough to be tied up if needed.’

Revealing that she may have taken a leaf out of her stylish sister-in-law’s books, he added: ‘We’ve seen Kate wear very polished looks before, much different from Megan’s relaxed waves. It’s nice to see Kate has opted for a more relaxed look similar to Megan with an undone blow dry, still polished but with her own effortless stamp with it not being ‘too done’ or too curly.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Sigh… would you like my take on Kate’s hair change? Because my take is “this guy has no idea what he’s talking about.” Kate’s hair was darker than this during the Balmoral church-ride, so this is a very recent change-up. My guess is that she was getting these new highlights for hours. Then she got up early this morning for a fresh blowout for this photo-op. Just like every other working mum! To be clear, I don’t fault Kate for getting a blowout and highlights to debut a new hairstyle at her daughter’s first day of school. She knew she was going to be photographed and she stage-managed everything, from the camera positions to her wardrobe to her hair. What I fault is the media-driven/palace-driven narrative that somehow fresh highlights and a blowout make Kate the perfect low-maintenance working-mum. Embiggening Kate’s Hair: The Future Queen’s Keen Mum Style.

Princess Charlotte is spotted on her first day of School in London!

Princess Charlotte is spotted on her first day of School in London!

Princess Charlotte is spotted on her first day of School in London!

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  1. Ronaldinhio says:

    Her hair is a country mile better. Her make up also looks better here.
    I love her ability to maximise spotlight.

    • Mei says:

      But she still can’t let go of her favourite lower lash line eyeliner :p

      • Sarah says:

        Why do royals wear SO MUCH BLUSHER?!

      • escondista says:

        I wonder if the eyeliner is tattooed

      • Moneypenny says:

        Lower lash liner really isn’t a good look on most people. She looks much fresher without it.

      • Me Again says:

        It really ages almost any woman who wears it.

      • Wigletwatcher says:

        The eye liner is not a tattoo. This has been easily debunked to hell and back.

      • Some chick says:

        After a certain point, you really have to choose between lower and upper liner. Doing both is what’s aging. Also overly dark colors.

        My deal is lower liner, and an eyeshadow that’s very close to my skin tone – perhaps a smidge lighter. If I’m not getting fancy it’s just the one eyeshadow. Brightens up my eyes a bit, no fuss/no muss. (For fancy I do the whole three shades thing, with hilighter on the browbone and inner eye corners, mascara etc.) But mostly it’s two and done. Because no one cares but me, and I only care so much on the daily.

    • ZanB says:

      Love the blow-out and the honey hair gloss. Looks amazing!!!

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Ronaldinohio, I completely agree—as far as I’m concerned this is her best yet, though a bit darker than this looks better on her

    • blacktoypoodle says:

      Methinks she had an upper eye blepharoplasty. Notice the swelling in the inner canthus area (inner upper eye, and also across upper lid).
      She has directed attention away from her eyes to her hair.
      Oldest Hollywood plastic surgery trick. Debut bright new hair color/style as the reason for your “new look”.

      Swelling will be gone in another 2-3 weeks. Id say she’s about 2 weeks post op.

      • Gosh you’re RIGHT. Good catch. I do think her hair is a vast improvement, but I will never understand why even a royal has to wear a long sleeved chiffon dress for the school run. Yeeesh.

  2. Harryg says:

    She would suit even shorter hair, four inches shorter. And this tone is not the best for her.

    • escondista says:

      yes this would like amazing! a darker bob! That said, I think her hair looks great but its not really low key. I always think my ponytails are pretty low-key but i would also blow dry or curl my hair for the first day of school with my child.

    • minx says:

      Agree, I think both Kate and Meghan should go a little shorter.

    • GreenTurtle says:

      Agreed. I would love to see her with an actual long bob.

  3. Maria says:

    Lighter hair does not work on Catherine at all. But I like the length and blowout.

    • Nahema says:

      I agree. I love er hair darker. This shade and style look so mumsy. That’s probably the look she was going for though

    • Bella Bella says:

      I don’t see how this cut is significantly shorter than her previous haircuts. I mean, maybe a couple of inches? It’s still long hair. I would be hard-pressed to call this a “long bob.”

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Yes@Bella,it’s not Kate’s fault but this is not a long bob,for goodness sake-I can’t get on board with calling every trim a bob/lob!Kates haircut is similar to my own with long layers.A bob is a very specific look,hence being called a bob,thinking of Anna Wintour when I say bob.

      • Nicole r says:

        Yeah I did a double take when I read “long bob” and I still don’t see how someone would describe her hairstyle this way

    • Spicecake38 says:

      Agree with you all about Kate’s hair color.At first look I think it’s pretty and brightens her up,but I think Kate is prettier with darker hair,this is a bit brassy,which to me is possibly due to Kate’s coloring.My daughter is 16 and experiments with various hair colors and is currently a light ashy blonde,but I get brassy vibes when I look at her too,in that she is naturally medium brown and medium skin tone.But love seeing her try different things.
      I think women trying different colors is nice,but I bet Kate goes back to a darker shade,or at least she should.I think Angelina Jolie is another example of someone who can pull off other light colors but looks her most beautiful with darker hair.

    • escondista says:

      I have her same hair and skin tone and it’s REALLY hard to find a stylist who gets it right. Maybe 1 in 20 – i’ve found that my hair looks best with a balayage of ash hues – no reds or strong golds because they make my face look pink or my hair look brassy and orangey. Her hair would look great with dark brown lo-lights cut through to tone down the gold.

  4. Kaye says:

    Do teachers have to curtsy to the children? I’ve never known quite how that works.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Don’t they to princesses (yes, I know she isn’t using her title in school)?

    • Megan says:

      I think she was bending down the shake Charlotte’s hand and it kind of looked like a curtsy.

    • M.A.F. says:

      She is bending down to get on her level.

    • PrincessK says:

      She wasn’t curtsying, it has become a tiresome habit in the UK these days that everyone has to bend down to eye level when talking to children.

      • Some chick says:

        I rather doubt you’d find it so tiresome if you were only three feet tall, with your face at the level of everyone’s belt buckle.

        Bending down to make eye contact with a child also helps them to focus on what the two of you are talking about. It only makes sense.

        Glad I’m not your kid, Princess.

      • xo says:

        Bending down is useful when you want to engage with a child.
        The idea that everyone should be doing it all the time is a bit much.

  5. Maria says:

    If she was low maintenance working mum, she’d have brought Louis with her in a stroller and dropped him off at day care. And she wouldn’t have time for a blow dry. Not to mention she’d be heading straight to work. Just like you and me! Yea, right!

    • M. says:

      I’m still trying to figure out how this is work? She got her hair done to drop her children off at school for a photo op. What work is she and Will doing for the rest of the day? The Royal Family is just one big joke and a huge distraction.

    • PlainJane says:

      @ Maria, agree entirely. What is she doing after the school drop off while Little Willy goes and “works out” with the other mums?

    • PrincessK says:

      This is definitely low maintenance hair for Kate, her hair is straight and will become straighter as she gets older like her mother. It takes a load of work to get those tresses looking wavy, bouncy and shiny. William has said that Kate’s hair is often a nightmare to get right and often puts them behind schedule when embarking on engagements.

      • dlc says:

        I think Kate actually has very wavy, almost curly hair. Look at pictures of her when she was younger.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        Gotta say, my hair was VERY wavy/curly when I was younger; even into my 50s. When I hit menopause, my hair changed completely and went much straighter. Hormones play a big role. Kate may miss her beautiful natural waves in a few years. The grass is always greener…!

  6. Becks1 says:

    I like her hair here as I said in the other post – but I am LOLing at the idea that this haircut is Kate’s attempt to go low-maintenance or whatever.

  7. EMc says:

    I like the hair, but I love that dress!

  8. Gingerbread says:

    I think she looks amazing.

    Idk why we still list the daily mail as a credible source for anything. Yes, they’re racist and favorite Kate, this is not shocking or new. Although to be fair, they did attack Kate constantly before they found their new target, Meg. People can love both Kate AND Meghan, and they do in England.

  9. Catherine says:

    Her hair looks amazing, she prepares, as anyone would. They worked with the press to let them get their photos so PW and KM prepared for it. This is the same dress she wore to PH and MM rehearsal dinner? I think so. They all look great, and united. The pony tail flip by PC was so cute, and PG has no front teeth!

  10. Beli says:

    Yeah, this was a brand new blowout and it looks good, but it isn’t a low maintenance look. I hope William was doing his part to ease any nerves Charlotte might have had this morning while Kate was getting her hair done.

    A working mum is more than however many hours in the stylist’s chair!

    • Nic919 says:

      There’s no way that colour is low maintenance. She gets her hair dyed because she has had significant grey for years so she can’t just get highlights on her original colour. She has to get layers of highlights on the base of hair that would be treated as well. And with her hair length she’s probably at least four hours at the salon. And it would cost a fair bit as well.

      The media drive to paint her as “normal” remains offensive to the women who can’t afford this look, both the money and the time to get it done.

      • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

        I used to spend about 3 hrs. in the chair: base, then drying it to put in low and high lights. Loved it, but damn! lol. When my hair came back in after chemo, I decided it is what it is! Came in a LOT darker and straighter, and lots of gray highlights, and I have to say, I am LOVING it!!! New look for a new woman LOL.

        While I know Kate must feel she is too young to “embrace the gray”, she should use a toner to get rid of the brass in her color. Personally, I really liked her natural color. No reason why she couldn’t keep it while covering the gray.

    • Deedee says:

      Low maintenance would mean using the natural curl in her hair instead of a blowout, but she doesn’t ever go out without a blowout.

    • Megan says:

      @Beli – Are you saying that mothers have more responsibility for their kids than fathers, that mothers can’t get their hair done because they should focus all of their attention on their children, or that only mothers should comfort children?

      • Nic919 says:

        Please show me a guy who spends half a day getting his hair done at the hair salon then the same argument applies. Kate is not working and pretending that she does what regular moms do is simply bs, including the media pretending that getting her hair done this way is low maintenance and easy to do amidst all the other work regular mothers and fathers do.

      • Shannon says:

        She’s not “pretending” anything, she just showed up to take her kids to school knowing there’d be a photo op. This low-maintenance bs is something the media is projecting onto her. It doesn’t make you a bad mother to get your hair done when you know your picture is going to be broadcast across the globe, geeze.

  11. CuriousCole says:

    For her to fit the current criteria of a working mum, she’d have to actually work her job first.

  12. Snowslow says:

    I can only think about the fact that these kids, while going to school, have PHOTOGRAPHERS WAITING FOR THEM rather than just, you know, live life.
    Who care’s about this lady’s hair? If there are photographers, of course she had to get ready before. They are high profile Kardashians.

    • Mego says:

      Yeah it’s a shame they are being used by their parents for good pr and deals with the press to paint them in a positive light. There was really no need for a first day of school photo op for Charlotte. Kate could have snapped a picture and put it on insta but chose this instead. Very sad indeed.

      I am long past caring about Kate and her appearance tbh. She is a person of very little substance and lazy. Low maintenance working Mom hair my a**. 🙄

      • Chrissy says:


      • Shannon says:

        I don’t see this as them “using” their kids for anything here. They’re taking their kids to school and where they go to school is public knowledge. Of course there will be photographs and the same thing happened with George. I’m certainly not saying they’re above PR stunts, of course not, but this isn’t one of them. They were taking their kids to school and Kate wanted to look nice like anyone would. If they refused photographs, that would be a whole other shitstorm here and in the British media. Shit like this is literally at least half of their job.

      • xo says:

        The first day of school photograph is customary because it marks a transition in life. Diana did it too.

      • Mego says:

        Pffft customary. These children are further from the throne than William and Harry were when starting school so this custom most certainly could be broken. By all means release photos but absolutely no need for the press to be there and stress out the kids.

    • PrincessK says:

      The continuing Brexit fiasco has meant that Charlotte’s first day at school has not quite been given the prominence on the front pages they would have hoped for.

  13. tempest prognosticator says:

    She looks very pretty. The hair, the dress… it’s a good look.

  14. LadyLaw says:

    Going lighter = high maintenance.

    She looks nice here but I prefer her darker hair. Also she’s looking more and more Carole-y.

  15. Noodle says:

    I think it’s pretty and the color suits her. But let’s not get excited about a “low-maintenance working mum” look. Highlights like these aren’t low maintenance, as they need to be toned quite frequently to keep them from being brassy. Then to keep them up, you have to get re-foiled every 4-6 weeks.

  16. Stephanie says:

    As someone who gets blowouts regularly, it does look like this blowout was done the day before and cleaned up this morning or it was less fussy (not as much curling iron) and took less time than normal. So in that regard, it’s an easier style to maintain.

  17. (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

    I like the shorter hair; I’d like it even better if it was about 4 ” shorter to collarbone length. And while I like some highlights/lowlights for depth, I’m not sure red is the best with her skin tone. Seems a bit “brassy” to me; perhaps run a toner through…?

    Anyway.. big improvement over the long mop. Personally, if “I” could get her to, I’d just make the best of her natural curls/waves (like she had on her South Seas trip, and after George was born (up in Wales)). Just put a bit of silicone based serum on to define, and boom! Done and stylish for every day. JMO 😊

    • Spicecake38 says:

      I think the prettiest I’ve seen Kate was when she and William did a walk maybe 6 weeks or so after PG was born,she had her hair long dark and very wavy,and she was wearing her(usual)wedges with skinny jeans/jeggings blouse and blazer.I wish I could wear my natural curls that way,but I get too frizzy and flat simultaneously.

  18. Mei says:

    This hair colour screams Carole Middleton to me, it’s so similar to shades she often has. Good blow-out though.

  19. Heylee says:

    Maybe for the first time ever, I would like to have her hair and her entire look from the waist up. I wish that was a blouse with a navy blue pencil skirt.

  20. Seraphina says:

    I love her hair in this pic. But it is not working mom unless you work in front of the camera. Most days my working mom hairstyle: clipped up or in a pony tail. It’s either my hair or my sanity some days.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      The ‘working mother’ angle is clearly part of the new press narrative around her now that Meghan is due to be back at her duties next week (I think) – can’t have Katie Keen looking lazy when Meghan is back at it only a few months after having her first child. It was close to a year before Katie Keen returned to anything like regular work for her.

      • Seraphina says:

        @DU, I concur. And Kate is anything but working as far as I’m concerned. She is working to keep herself at home and not do much but changing her husband’s diapers after he spoils himself from his temper tantrums. I know that’s blunt but when you have nannies and are in the elite of elite in the world, working is not a word I associate with that group. And Kate has never had a real job. But I digress.

    • Linda says:

      Not all working Mums fit into your category. Some of us working mums like to dress up every day and pay attention to our hair, get our nails done etc.

      • Seraphina says:

        @Linda, you really shouldn’t automatically assume I don’t do those things and how in the world did you get that idea from what I posted.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        Sure working mothers do those things,but it’s not always easy. I appreciate women caring about their appearance and enjoying manicured hands and freshly done hair.Im currently trying to prioritize my own self/appearance. I think it’s just much harder for most moms working or SAHM’s ( for that matter)to put constant time and effort into themselves.Kate is very privileged to have the extra help,and a rather light work schedule.That’s her life and it’s fine,but it’s easy to assume regular moms just can’t or don’t get to focus as much on appearance.

  21. Moneypenny says:

    How is a hair length well past your shoulders a long bob? Come on.

    I think this style looks great on her though and hope she’ll do more working to go with the “working mum” ‘do.

    • Kate says:

      That is not a long bob. Her hair is still long! Long bobs or “lobs” don’t go past your collarbone. I know b/c I spent a bunch of time pinteresting lobs for my last haircut…

      But yeah, it looks great. Of course it does!

      • Pixelated says:

        Exactly, this is not what I would call a lob AT ALL. I’m a hairstylist and lobs are at or around shoulder or collarbone length. If they had taken off like, 4 inches, it would classify as a lob.
        I don’t mind the color, but I think it’s the length and the super bounciness that makes this look a bit dated. If she came to me, I would cut her hair into an actual lob and add some more pieces, beach waves which are much more on-trend and modern. Although, on-trend and modern isn’t really her branding so….
        Also, I was studying the color and it is kind of low maintenence….as opposed to highlights that start at your scalp. I think this color is a combination of mostly balayage (which is subtle handpainting with bleach) and babylights, which are very fine, natural-looking highlights. The grow out with this combination is much less harsh than traditional highlights because the emphasis is on a sunkissed look. I probably wouldn’t have toned her SO golden, I personally would’ve wanted more deep caramel tones.
        As a side note, if her look was truly low Maintenence ‘mom’ hair, she would blend her grays with lowlights and some subtle highlights. This is my favorite thing to suggest for women who don’t want to come in every 4-6 weeks for a root touch up but still want a pop of color.

  22. MellyMel says:

    How can you be a “working mum” if you don’t work?

  23. DS9 says:

    I don’t think we can really tell the color. It’s obvious from looking at Charlotte in one of these pics that much of the “brass” is coming from the morning sun.

    And what is the person who wrote this schlock on about anyway? Kate wore her hair in a low pony for the regatta thing. What’s lower maintenance than that?

    I’m not touching the “working mom” thing…

    • noway says:

      In fairness they weren’t saying she was a working mom they were saying she has a working mom’s hairdo. You know like a soccer mom hairdo. The article did say some nice things about her adopting Meghan’s more laid back style, and it wasn’t in a mean way. We should encourage nice things even if they are tiny tiny steps.

      I like her hair and the kids are cute!!! Yes Charlotte’s pony tail won’t last the whole day either.

  24. DS9 says:

    Also, she’s got layers so how is this any kind of bob?

  25. Lexa says:

    I have a feeling the sun is making her look a bit blonder than she is, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Kate starts going blonder now as a way to help disguise her grays.

  26. Maria says:

    I feel like she would look so much better if she’d just use a slightly darker lip color. It doesn’t have to be a vampy red, just a darker nude rose would be lovely.

  27. OuiOkay says:

    Yes the shorter your hair the easier to deal with, until you get to the length you can’t do a pony. But she doesn’t exactly work. And Louis is her excuse to not changer her lifestyle. The “story” would make sense if it was her last kid going to school and she was actually going to work more

  28. andrea says:

    Instead of focusing on the “working mum look” why not focus on work itself and being a productive member of society?

    • Nic919 says:

      There was no reason that an engagement couldn’t have been announced for her by now. She’s not the one coming back from mat leave and yet silence on the work front.

      • chunkyla says:

        I think she will be going to her 3rd and last Back to Nature garden this week.

      • Maria says:

        I guess Britain will remain broken. Katie Keen’s four hour salon visits must take pre-eminence!

      • Nic919 says:

        There remains nothing actually announced and only mere speculation by the Daily Mail. Harry, William and Meghan have actual engagements announced and so my point remains the same. Besides she needs to do more than visit gardens. There are plenty of her other patronages she could attend that she hasn’t done yet this year.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        I think Kate will be pregnant very soon with number four.Maybe already very early pregnant?Not trying to say she’s trying to get out of work (although…😉🤔)
        I can’t shake the idea that she really loves kids and actually feels good pregnant after her early morning sickness subsides.And with Pippa and Meghan probably planning at least one more baby she(Kate) would probably like to have another very close in age .Just a feeling,but who knows-

  29. Lightpurple says:

    Her hair looks nice. That the Daily Fail needs to rush to a stylist for analysis is hilarious.

    But the Fail had to give some attention to Kate after writing at least four articles about Ivanka’s new haircut in three days, not one of which noticed that her bob was lopsided or that she brought along a fake messy bun to pin to the back of it for her Frida Kahlo cosplay.

    • Lady D says:

      There are 14 articles on the DM about Kate’s hair or clothes. Not one article mentions any kind of work from her or any expected from her. Fourteen articles on her looks. They can’t find anything else to print about her either.

  30. Valiantly Varnished says:

    This color does not looks good on her. It’s too brassy. Lighter hair doesn’t really suit her.

  31. Eyfalia says:

    Top picture, this exaggerated smile/open mouth grimace is off-putting.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I watched the video, where she greats the teacher, & noticed no weird wide-open mouth anything. This is just a micro-second click; stilled, it looks odd, but in real time, nothing out of the ordinary.

  32. DaisySharp says:

    I love the color and was thinking of showing it to my stylist, but all of the negative comments here… I don’t know. I guess people always have something to say and I shouldn’t let it stop me.

    • Becks1 says:

      I like the color, lol. But I also don’t think its quite as brassy as people are saying; I think the sun is hitting it like @DS9 said above and its making it look “brassier” than it actually is.

    • pineapplecan says:

      Go with what you like. I have some dresses Kate owns and on here, they get ripped to shreds – when I wear them out, I always get compliments.

      I don’t buy them to emulate her but we have similar styles – I always read on here how “matronly” her style is but as a woman in her thirties who works in management and doesn’t want to look like a tart when I go into work, I quite like it. But again, people on here will rip it to shreds because they don’t like her.

      • Becks1 says:

        Well, that’s not quite accurate. The negative comments about her outfits are rarely “that’s hideous” (although sometimes, she does wear some mind-boggling ugly clothes), but most of the time the criticism is at her overall style. Like a certain dress is fine, but she styles it in such a way that it looks frumpy, but it could have looked great.

        I’m in my 30s and I’m a lawyer and I don’t look like a tart when I go to work, and I don’t dress like Kate, lol.

      • DaisySharp says:

        That’s true Pineapplecan, thanks!

    • Maria says:

      I’m sure you would look great. Lighter hair just doesn’t seem to suit Kate with the way she tans, in my opinion.

    • noway says:

      If you like the color go for it. I was thinking the same. It’s well done. Keep in mind people on here don’t like Kate and that is pardon the pun coloring their comments.

    • Elisa says:

      It’s a great color, go for it! You can see it even better in the video.

  33. kerwood says:

    ‘Working’ mother? Hahahaha! The words ‘working’ and ‘Katie Cambridge’ aren’t often seen together.

  34. Liz version 700 says:

    I actually like she looks a bit more glamorous. It is like she is trying a bit. Lots of working moms look way more put together than I
    Do a lot of days lol

  35. My3cents says:

    Her “working mum haircut “is the only part of her that’s actually working. Taking your kids to school does not count as work.

    • noway says:

      It does if you are a stay at home mom that’s kind of insulting.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Why are you deliberately pretending to misunderstand what My3cents wrote? We all know Katie Keen is not a SAHM. Any attempts to compare her two housekeepers, three nannies, cooking and cleaning staff, 200 hours of “work” a year to the average SAHM’s life is insulting.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I am willing to bet that Cathy Cambridge has more than two housekeepers. I would say she has a minimal of four per residence; Four at KP and four at Anmer hall.

      • notasugarhere says:

        One official housekeeper per residence, who oversee the army of cooking and cleaning staff. Then again, they had four full-time house staff when they were living in a four-bedroom in Wales. When Kate wasn’t doing royal engagements after they married, because she was “enjoying her life as a housewife in Wales”.

      • Nic919 says:

        Stay at home moms also do more charity work than Kate. She’s lazy and has proven this for eight years.

  36. Vava says:

    I don’t really care about her hair, it looks OK I guess. I’m wondering about that puffy skin on her upper lids, looks bizarre.
    The dress is fine too, but I think it would be nicer with different shoes and a different belt in a different color.

  37. Egla says:

    She looks good. Like those women that give the news in the evening on tv if I am making sense. That hair took hours to look like that. Can’t remember how many hours I have spent waiting for a friend of mine to get her hair done at the saloon. But it’s her job to spoil her husband, give birth, look good, raise her children, educate them and in the spare time visit one or two charities a year again spoil her husband. She is doing her job perfectly. And last (I really want to know) how can she have a waist like that after 3 children??? Envy.

  38. lolalola3 says:

    “Working Mum”…omh I’m still laughing. As if every working mum had the time (and money) to have a blow-out every morning. What a joke. And WTF is an “undone” blowdry? There is nothing undone about that hair. It’s all extremely on purpose.

  39. Alexis says:

    I like her new hair and think it looks great! I also like her outfit. She seems really comfortable and happy in this phase of her life. I sometimes think the reporters go too far in trying to praise Kate to the point it just opens her up for criticism. Like, even if that is a working mom hairstyle, she’s not a working mom in the ordinary sense of the term. The narrative that the Cambridges are “just like us” is so silly it is insulting to the public’s intelligence.

  40. Cerys says:

    Kate’s hair is lovely and she looks great in the pictures. However I am sick of the media trying to portray her as a working mum who is just as normal as the rest of us. She is not.

  41. Crystal says:

    Looks great. It has got style and movement and it is light and you can probably still do a good updo with the length.

  42. Busyann says:

    I disagree that we haven’t seen much of her for two months. It’s been longer! Im curious to see what her numbers have been so far this year, before they start the end of year push to increase their numbers. I don’t think she’s done much work this year.

    I also don’t think this lighter hair color suits her. She looks better with darker hair.

  43. Lisa says:


  44. BringBackTheBlues! says:

    My hair is exactly like this out of the bun and I’m a Navy reservist. Probably the easiest thing for me when in boot was never needing to worry about my hair. Granted she probablly styles hers, but I’m lucky enough to have this when I untie my hair. #countYourblessings

    • Deedee says:

      Probably styles hers? She has a stylist on call. Her hair is naturally very curly. Of course she has it styled, straightened, blown out, conditioned, trimmed. . .

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Did not know that Cathy’s hair was naturally curly.

      • Becks1 says:

        @bay – yup. look at college pictures and you get a sense, then she started straightening it more, then the big curls – but naturally its pretty wavy. Pictures from their trip to the Solomon Islands also give you a good idea (I don’t think that’s entirely how it looks, unstyled, I’m sure there was some heat and humidity at play, but it gives you an idea.)

      • Nic919 says:

        Her hair showed waves at the recent yachting event. She doesn’t have natural stick straight hair, so this is a blowout.

      • BringBackTheBlues! says:

        Naturally, curly people have a tendency of actually doing that on a daily basis. Straight hair wasn’t curly, curly want straight, people like me dont even bother. In this case, her hair is in my style and while I am not a mom, I am a working woman in a very demanding career and this is what my hair looks like our of a bun.

        She should go curly once in a while, that would shock a lot of people. When was the last time a royal had curly hair actually displayed? Elizabeth I?

  45. Hannah says:

    In what universe is this a long bob? This hair is below her shoulders – still very long, and maintaining layers is high-maintenance too. LOL.

  46. Alexandria says:

    No. That’s just long hair. She looks nice but I prefer darker hair on her. Charlotte so cute.

    This is a PR piece, no need to pretend it isn’t one and just pose. They get dressed up and made up for the first day of school, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t need to make it more than that and make them seem like any other couple trying to balance bills, mortgage, work and kids without a personal hairstylist working your layers.

  47. Beach Dreams says:

    LOL you need to actually do some work to fit that description. 2019 was supposedly going to be “Kate’s year”….to do nothing as usual it turns out. I do wonder if a pregnancy announcement is coming, given that she likes to change up her hair before announcing.

  48. Inamaureen says:

    Puhleeze, let’s not insult the real working mums. I’m a full-time working mother who raised two kids while building a business at the same time. Lazy Katie ‘s “work” involves getting her hair done, look good in pictures, and shake hands.

  49. Mego says:

    I’m sure the children of broken Britain will be thrilled with her low maintenance hairstyle.

  50. AA says:

    I wish people would stop calling this hairstyle a “bob.” ?????? It’s a long, layered cut that is still high maintenance (I’ve had both styles). I’m not crazy about the color but to each her own. She looks nice overall.

  51. severine says:

    She does not need low maintenance hair – someone else is always maintaining it for her. Why would hair maintenance be an issue for her?

  52. Dorothy says:

    She looks like an aged Melania that’s sad

  53. Hildog says:

    In a word- No! -hairstylist

  54. Veronica S. says:

    IMO, blowouts take longer than curling, particularly if your hair is already naturally wavy or curly. Mine will get nicely wavy if I put it up in a bun wet, but it certainly will not do that without serious work. That either takes someone else using a volume brush and a hair dryer or you put it up in curlers for at least an hour. That is certainly not a working mother’s look lol. There’s a reason why so many women cut their hair shorter in later adulthood.

  55. Savannah says:

    Boring AF.

    And her colourist should know that Kate is a cold winter tone, not a warm honey.
    And I agree with other people here, she should go shorter.

    Shorter with a cold undertone to it, that would really make her pop.

  56. MsIam says:

    She looks like Kate. Kind of a throwback, but nice. I think she is an attractive woman. But I don’t know about the “working mum” look. I always put my makeup on in the car on the way to work, lol!

  57. Trish-a says:

    Why does Charlotte have roots? It’s almost brown/grey. I guess swimming could cause this.

  58. Mandy says:

    She should go with a shoulder length bob. I think that would be pretty on her.

  59. Riley says:

    I think she looks great and gets criticized no matter what she does or doesn’t do, so she should just do what she wants.

  60. The Recluse says:

    Keen Katie, the new Duchess Do-Little.
    Cute kids.
    Hopefully they will be more dynamic than their mother.

  61. cdoggy says:

    Excuse my ignorance, for I am but a lowly American school teacher, but do they not have public schools in England? Are not all children supposed to be guaranteed the same education? And if so, why would you not expect for the monarchy WHOM YOU PAY to not send their own children to Britian’s illustrious public schools?? What is the deal with this? Why is everyone ok with paying this exorbitant amount for private school?

    • Penguin says:

      You pay the exorbitant amount so your children make friends with rich peoples children or the ‘right sort’.

      Kate would never be where she is if her parents hadn’t coughed up the ridiculous amount of money to send her to Marlborough

    • Penguin says:

      You pay the exorbitant amount so your children make friends with rich peoples children or the ‘right sort’.

      Kate would never be where she is if her parents hadn’t coughed up the ridiculous amount of money to send her to Marlborough

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Many famous royals went to Eton which is a public school. You mean state funded schools and I personally agree. Royalty and government officials ought to send their children to state funded schools and believe me only then will the amount of funding directed towards education will increase.

      • Myra says:

        Private and public are the opposite in Britain vs US. Eaton in America would be classified as a very private, expensive and exclusive school. PW/H didn’t go to school with the local baker’s children or the cashier at the local grocery store

  62. Myra says:

    Kate looks fabulous at 50!

  63. Citresse says:

    I like the straight, shorter look on Kate…. dark is great however caramel works too.

  64. ChattyCath says:

    She’s become Carole. The generic middle class Mum of two decades ago. Her hair looks a mess as usual.