Princess Charlene of Monaco defends shaved ‘half-hawk’ haircut: ‘My decision’

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Princess Charlene of Monaco has defended her “half-hawk” buzz cut after the haircut was met with mixed reactions when the royal first unveiled it in December.

Princess Charlene, the wife of Prince Albert, showed off the edgy haircut, which saw the side and back of her head shaved, for the first time on 16 December while handing out gifts at the royal family‘s annual Christmas party at the palace, according to People.

Now, in a new interview with French magazine Point de Vue, the royal has stood by her decision to try out the haircut, telling the outlet that the style “pleases” her despite it provoking “all kinds of comments”.

The 42-year-old opened up about the new look in response to a question about dealing with the criticism as a public figure, with Princess Charlene telling the outlet: “This haircut was

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Princess Charlene of Monaco reacts to criticism over her daring ‘half hawk’ hairstyle: ‘That’s my choice’

Princess Charlene of Monaco isn’t worried about your opinion concerning her ‘do.

The wife of Prince Albert caused a stir during the holidays when he debuted a “half hawk” instead of her signature blonde bob. The royal kept her daring haircut concealed with a hat while attending a boat christening but later unveiled it when it came time to hand out gifts for local children.

The 42-year-old mother of two now has her head shaved on one side and at the back of her neck.

“This haircut was my decision,” the princess told French magazine Point de Vue, as reported by People magazine on Thursday. 


Princess Charlene of Monaco attends the Christmas gift distribution on December 16, 2020, in Monaco.

Princess Charlene of Monaco attends the Christmas gift distribution on December 16, 2020, in Monaco.
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“It seems that it has provoked all kinds of comments,” she

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Fashion historian reveals secrets of Princess Diana’s wardrobe

Diana became a fashion icon as a royal. (PA images)
Diana became a fashion icon as a royal. (PA images)

Princess Diana was a master of dressing to communicate, according to an historical fashion expert, who looks after the royal’s clothes.

Eleri Lynn was the curator of ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’, an exhibition which was held at Kensington Palace, the princess’s former home in 2018.

Lynn said: “It can seem frivolous talking about somebody’s fashion as if it’s all that defines them.

“But fashion is an important way into history.

“Diana was a master of using clothes as a form of language, as a form of communication.

“She very famously said to Jasper Conran, ‘what message am I giving out?’”

Lynn was in conversation with historian and Historic Royal Palaces’ joint chief curator Lucy Worsley in an event on Thursday evening, and revealed a secret about one of the most recent acquisitions of the late Princess of Wales’s wardrobe.


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