Duchess Kate is cutting her kids’ hair in lockdown & doing her own dye jobs

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I find it so curious that Dan Wootton at The Sun has not written or tweeted one word about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Tatler debacle. Maybe something is coming in the next few days, but it’s curious, isn’t it? Especially since Wootton has such an inside track on all things Kensington Palace. Especially since Wootton had some big exclusives about, ahem, Rose Hanbury and the situation in Norfolk, and I personally believe that Rose Hanbury and the Turnip Toffs might have been *some* of the sh-t talkers in Tatler. While we’re waiting for Dan Wootton to chime in about the Tatler drama, The Sun’s “Becky Pemberton” (I can’t) has an exclusive about the Duchess of Cambridge and her children. Not obvious at all, right?

Kate Middleton is said to be cutting Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ hair during lockdown by giving them DIY home haircuts. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently self-isolating at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with scaled back household staff.

A source told Fabulous: “Kate would certainly trim George and Charlotte’s hair as she is very competent and they are used to home haircuts. Carole Middleton taught both Kate and sister Pippa how to cook and cut children’s hair. To them, it is no big deal. Spanish Norland Nanny Maria Borrallo is on hand too, one of her skills is cutting children’s hair. George’s is easy. Charlotte likes her hair off her face and so it’s long enough for a mini pony tail. They both have easy hair to cut.”

Typically the children have their hair cut at their Kensington Palace home by Kate’s regular stylist Richard Ward, so are used to a home trim. Prices typically range from £45 to £75 per child and an artistic director will wield the scissors if Richard is abroad.

The source added: “Kate is able to trim all the children’s hair because she has this professional kit at home, including scissors, from Richard.”

The insider added that Kate has also been enlisting Maria’s help to do her own hair during lockdown, in the absence of her usual professional styling. They explained: “Kate would get Maria to do her hair during the lockdown. But it has only had a little trim so far. Kate does use a home colour on it from Richard. She would normally be given products from his salon between her appointments with him but for this lockdown ‘the package was rather larger than usual’.”

[From The Sun]

I’ve been wondering about Kate’s hair appointments, honestly. She’s always seemed to build her work schedule around her strict dye-and-blowout schedule. It’s interesting to me that Richard Ward sent her a package to do her hair at home – it reminds me a little bit of Jennifer Aniston’s relationship with her long-time hair stylist Chris McMillan, in that they’ve been together for so long, Aniston has basically learned all of Chris’s tricks and she can do her own blowouts now. I bet Kate could too.

As for doing the kids’ haircuts – they literally try to make Kate sound like the best mother ever because she trims her kids’ hair, like millions of moms. My mom trimmed my hair when I was a kid too. It’s one of the reasons why I hate bangs – my mom insisted on cutting my bangs when I was a kid and she did them terribly. One day she even snipped my ear and drew blood. NO BANGS.

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  1. Tessa says:

    I think the nanny probably does all of it and there are stylists. this PR is ridiculous.

    • Nic919 says:

      The article basically admits that Maria is doing Kate’s hair right now. Plus it hasn’t been so long that she needs a trim. She is focusing on dying the roots because that would show much sooner.

    • Emily says:

      I guess that means that Nanny Maria is self-isolating with the Cambridges? Not surprising, but I don’t think it had been confirmed before.

    • Sally says:

      You know and I know that she has ‘people’ available to do these kind of things. Get real. cathy probably does not even know how to work a pair of scissors. good laugh.

  2. Busyann says:

    Im just going to say it. There’s something really odd about the way her hair has been sitting during the zoom videos. I cant quite place it, but it seems off. Almost like a wig. I dont think it is, but something is different….more than your at home job too.

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      That IS Kate’s skill with a curling iron, I’m sure. The woman USED to do her own hair up until she got engaged/married, so it’s not like she’s never held a blowdryer. Frankly, I like her natural, wavy hair the best (like she wore on that tour where she had the grass skirt, and on her first outing after George’s birth (in Wales, I think?). THAT is a great look on her, as well as so “in” right now.

      She just needs to “let it goooo 🎶” (sorry, couldn’t resist lol)

      • Carimac says:

        Her hair isn’t naturally wavy, it’s naturally curly. She has it straightened, and then made wavy.

      • minx says:

        I prefer the more natural look on her, and shorter hair. Enough with the long wavy beauty pageant look.

    • Florence says:

      I have thought this too but I think it’s the camera flattening the image, so it looks odd. She has looked incredibly long-faced and red so I blame the webcam.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      She does her own make up – she famously wiped off her professional make up on her wedding day and did it herself and she wanted William to recognise her at the alter.

      You can tell when a pro does her makeup – she looks good and youthful. The panda eyes and heavy blusher are the giveaway she has done it herself.

      • Florence says:

        I didn’t know that! How rude and ungrateful – and then she ended up looking like… well, like she did.

      • Sid says:

        The odd thing is that she didn’t look like herself in the end. She looked like a wax figure. I assume she was trying to make sure the makeup was heavy enough for the cameras and to be seen from faraway, but there are professional techniques for that. Why not just do a rehearsal with the mua to get the look right?

    • Florence, I *can* understand that. I had my makeup professionally done for my brother’s wedding, and it was so *not me* looking back at me in the mirror that when I got home, I just redid it myself. So while it may’ve been “nice”, I didn’t think it was “me”.

  3. smee says:

    …and churning butter, curing cancer, bringing peace to the Middle East…

  4. Vanessabee says:

    So my husband asked me to explain this whole thing yesterday bc I was cackling so much reading my twitter feed. So we sat down and I gave him story time, and when I got to “Turnip Toffs,” he stopped me and said, “You’re making this up, right?”

    I had the same reaction to “Becky Pemberton.”

  5. Snazzy says:

    Well no wonder she’s overwhelmed. Between the haircuts and the zoom meetings, of course she’s exhausted.

    • MsIam says:

      That explains everything, surely! The Zoom calls were bad enough but trimming hair? With scissors? The poor thing must be on the verge of collapse !

  6. Nanea says:

    The way the piece is written, it suggests that the Cambridges have been locked up since forever. Human hair grows less than half an inch on average per month, and that goes for royal humans too.

    But SuperMom Kate has so many superqualifications that she has to display right now – on top of being stressed out by the massive increase of her workload after M&H left…

    What gives, KP PR office?
    (not suggesting they have an ulterior motive, not at all…)

    Make it make sense!

  7. Agirlandherdog says:

    At least we now know the source of your bangs trauma, Kaiser! ;-)

    • JanetDR says:

      Haha! Oh, the photos I have of my bangs after mom trimmed them! She would keep going shorter to try and get them even and I have a low forehead, so pretty funny looking. Luckily, I didn’t care then. 😂

  8. Ali says:

    Poor busy CEO Kate!
    She needs a vacation.

  9. Seraphina says:

    They really need to quit the stupidity. There is no way on God’s green earth she is doing her own hair during this crisis when she is doing close up Zoom meetings. No way in hell. I call bull shit. Hell, I know middle class women begging there stylists to come by their house and Kate is doing hers on her own??? That’s RICH.
    Her think tank really needs to stop with the asinine story lines.

  10. Britt says:

    Dan Wooton doesn’t have sources linked to the Sussexes anymore. I think he’s bidding his time to betray the Cambridge’s. The relationship between the media and house Cambridge is not going to last too long especially since the papers have been cut off and the Sussexes said deuces.

  11. yinyang says:

    Yeah right, I have seen parents do kids hair in lockdown, and it looks nothing like Williams George Louis. And look at PM Trudeau, he is not cutting his hair to show solidarity to his people, very admireable, not like these two at all.

    • nettie says:

      The prime minister is not acting to show solidarity to his people by not cutting his hair. If you consider that commendable your standards are pretty low for elected officials. He has ended the accountability functions of Parliament by suspending it until September. I guess he is afraid to debate the opposition and actually do something about the terrible state of long term care homes in Ontario and Quebec. We are dealing with a pandemic and he hides away in his cottage. I thought he was doing a good job initially but am sick of his lack of accountability. I guess Ford will have to do they heavy lifting.

      • Ali says:

        @NETTIE the national post would love your comment

      • yinyang says:

        Canada is not perfect and is looking towards doing better but it is doing a heck of alot better than UK and US right now and has taken it very seriously in comparison. Quebec has decided to open schools (in direct opposition to what our leader recommended) despite the highest rate in canada while the rest of Canada has not. Ford wanted to privatize healthcare and now is tring to use this virus to look like a hero, not working, I am a liberal through and through.

        Btw Trudeau’s hair is not the reason I support him but this article is discussing hair so.

      • Layla Beans says:

        LOL Nettie. The long term care home problem is a provincial issue, not a federal one. Head back to PostMedia – they miss you there.

      • Nic919 says:

        The long term care issues in Ontario and Quebec are directly the responsibility of the provincial premiers as per the constitution. It was Doug Ford who cut the inspection schedule when he came into office and the privatization of the homes started with Mike Harris, who coincidentally is on the board of directors for Chartwell, one of the worst offenders.

        In Quebec a guy with a criminal record was the owner of the facility where the elderly were just abandoned.

        Trudeau can be blamed for many things but not the way those LTC were run.

    • nettie says:

      Yes it is provincial issue and should be made a federal one. That is my point. He is hiding away and done so for a long time. He’s throwing so much money around and not facing any checks or balances. That is called good government and democracy. A little critical thinking could do many people a lot of good.

      • Nic919 says:

        It literally cannot be made a federal one. Trudeau has offered to provide assistance to the provinces for this issue but he has no say. It’s in the Constitution Act 1867 section 91. You have no idea what you are talking about when you say this. Trudeau also cannot run provincial hospitals.

  12. reef says:

    this is false. If rich people in my neck of woods still have live-in help and are willing to pay exorbitant prices for stylists (10x their going rate) during this pandemic then I know the BRF isn’t doing their own dye jobs.

    • Seraphina says:

      Exactly my statement earlier. I know people still Having cleaning crews coming in to clean their houses and women begging BEGGING their colorist to come color their hair.
      I bought went to the drug store bought a color that I had wanted to try and said: no one will really see me anyhow.

  13. El says:

    It is always a little off when they try to sound normal. Sure, I’ve cut my boys hair, but I didn’t need a “professional kit.” All you need is a pair of scissors.

  14. Pearl Grey says:

    Dan Wooton won’t touch the Tatler story with a barge pole and I’m glad. He’s letting everyone see his bias and that he and the Cambridges are linked. But of course Super Mommy stories are not off limits. What a shame the children have to be used again for PR clean up. Just how does the busy CEO find the time to be hairstylist, chef, gardener, bingo caller and hardest working royal?

  15. Catherine says:

    Dan Wooten broke the Rose story but he’s also the secret source of KP? The editor of Tatler is firmly team Kate, her best friend from college but ran a drag piece on her, her family, and disparaged Diana in the process? Make it make sense!!!!!!

    Who does this story help? Who benefits? Who gains when PW and Carole Middleton and Princess Diana are diminished? Think it through. All roads do not lead to the Sussex or the turnip toffs.

    • Becks1 says:

      He didn’t break the Rose story. that was Richard Eden. he put out a new story on it last spring that was then mysteriously edited to remove the most interesting information. It makes sense if you consider that wootton is being fed pieces from KP in exchange for NOT reporting on what he actually knows about the Cambridges.

      And no, all roads do not lead to Prince Charles either.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes, the leaks about the Sussexes lead directly to WilliLeaks and Wootten. This Tatler story? I could see it being a misfire by William, Kate/Carole, or all three of them. But not Charles, that one doesn’t ring true.

    • Nic919 says:

      Richard Kay actually made the Rose story much more than the vague freezing out story that it first was. I don’t think Wootton covered the turnip toff stories much and especially not compared to the stories about the Sussexes leaving. Wotton broke tiara gate if I recall.

  16. Becks1 says:

    This story is obviously an attempt to distract but its just…bad. Its trying to make Kate look so normal, like every other mother in quarantine, but….she’s using a professional kit from Richard Ward, who usually cuts her kids hair (or an “artistic director”) and Kate is “so competent” so she can do it, her mother taught them to cook AND cut hair!!!! is there anything Carole and Katie Keen cant do?

    • Priscila says:

      No, you don’t understand. RF is known as The Firm- like a business, a company. Of course they need a CEO and the CEO is Kate, who is a wonderful human being capable of many feats of wonder we mortals are not, such as:
      Cutting kids hair
      Raising three kids all by herself while studying how to raise kids.
      Coming up with the struggle survey
      Dealing with rose bushes
      Doing her own make up etc etc etc.

      Kate not only has access to professionals such as nannies and hairdressers but also to Carole ” Power behind the Throne”Middleton, who deals with the unimportant day to day business, like feeding Will’s ego, writing fanfiction and decoration a manor to look like a five star hotel.

      These Middletons are so talented!

  17. Bethany Karger says:

    What’s the big deal? I’ve been trimming my husband’s hair with a comb and my dog’s thinning shears. It’s not rocket science.

  18. notasugarhere says:

    Middletons desperate for pro-Kate PR after the Tatler debacle.

    • bamaborn says:

      Makes you wonder why they don’t just shut up for a minute and let the whole thing blow over. Unless, and I’m not a conspiracy theorist, some more juicy stuff is in the pipeline.

  19. AMM says:

    She normally pays 55-92 dollars for a child’s trim? I’m not cheap, but that’s absurd. You don’t need a professional stylist to trim young children’s hair. I take my boys to the barber and it cost 15-20 a child. And that’s a local old- school barber shop, not one of the cheap chains.

    They really fail at trying to sound normal. Their Spanish nanny and ultra expensive personal hair dresser helps Kate trim her own kids hair? And these down to earth kids are used to ”home haircuts” because a professional normally makes house calls for them? How absolutely normal and not at all out of touch.

  20. Emily says:

    How did Carole teach Kate and Pippa to cut children’s hair? What kids did they practice on? The Cambridge babies? (Pre lockdown I assume?) Party Pieces employees kids?

    • Jay says:

      Yeah, this stuck out to me, too – why would Carole have to teach Kate and Pippa (NOT their brother, oddly) haircutting? Even middle class families can get out to a Supercuts once in awhile. Is this what they think we want to hear? So cringeworthy.

      And Kate, if I am wronging you with my skepticism and you really do love weilding those scissors, show us! A post that acknowledges and empathizes with the struggle of other parents would go a long way. It’s certainly more effective than lecturing about screen time. Better yet, cut William’s hair for charity or use your platform as an opportunity to acknowledge how much you miss businesses like hair salons that are struggling. Anything that shifts the focus to others rather than yourself.

  21. Bunny says:

    The nanny does everyone’s hair. No one believes that Kate lifts a finger.

  22. Liz version 700 says:

    Does she want a cookie? Thousands are doing all of this with no help. My hair is curly and frizzy and I am rocking a no hair cut frizzy mess. I did however just order cookies on Instacart. carry on Kate or Nanny Maria

  23. Well-Wisher says:

    There source for Dan Wooten has dried up. Prince William needs a new private secretary. Someone up thread noted that the Cambridges should go radio silent. I agree.

  24. aquarius64 says:

    Right on cue the children are trotted out indirectly for good PR. But this is such a mess. The tabloids make its money off bad press. The Sussexes are out of range and the void is being filled with Cambridge gossip. Don’t worry they will get to Andrew because tomorrow May 29 was the day Beatrice and Edo were suppose to get married. Ascot and Trooping were suppose to come in June but COVID shut that down. The papers have lost a lot of ad space for featuring those events and the void has to be filed. Dragging the Windsors is the next big thing.

  25. Pearl Grey says:

    I am utterly, utterly shocked that down to earth hands-on mom Thrifty Kate has been shelling out up to £225 a time on her children’s hair cuts by a professional stylist to the stars, when all the while Carole had taught her and Pippa how to cut hair themselves. Shocked, I tell you!

  26. L4frimaire says:

    Is this to make her seem relatable? With her scaled down household staff, and the nanny doing her hair like she’s Lady Mary in Downton Abbey? Her personal hairdresser sending her custom hair maintenance kits? Ok then. Guess it beats storming state houses with AR-15s so you can go to the barber, so that’s in her favor. Not in the mood after the Tatler mess.