Meghan Markle beats Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte and Princess Beatrice to new title
MEGHAN MARKLE has beaten the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Beatrice in analysis that saw her going head to head with other leading women from the Royal Family.
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, was revealed to have ranked top of all royals in a study to have the most talked-about royal hairstyle on record. Meghan Markle’s messy up-do for her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018 took the top spot in new findings to establish which royal hairstyle has been the most popular
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I do” in Windsor on 19 May 2018 a combined audience of 11.5million people tuned in to watch the magical moment.
Harry and Meghan’s two-and-a-half-hour wedding video on YouTube has also since had over 35 million views.
Now a new study of Google trends data has shown that many royal watchers were keen to replicate Meghan’s hairstyle, as searches for royal hair skyrocketed to 244 percent above average, giving the Duchess the most talked-about royal hairstyle on record.
The timeless chignon style was crafted by Serge Normant and was accessorised with Queen Mary’s bandeau tiara, as the pair tied the knot at St George’s Chapel.
At the time, the updo was described as being simple, unfussy and slightly undone and was also said to be inspired by 1960s style icon Audrey Hepburn.
A spokesperson for Longevita commented on the findings: “Despite stepping down from her role as a working royal in 2020, this data shows that Meghan is an established style icon within the family.
“It is a testament to the instant popularity Meghan experienced when she joined the firm, that her wedding hairstyle is more popular than any other.
Research conducted by hair experts Longevita found that while Meghan swiped the title of most-talked-about hairstyle, she was closely followed by her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate’s half up-half down wedding hairstyle worn during her nuptials in 2011 has claimed the second spot.
The wedding made history in more ways than one, and notably in this case, because Kate broke protocol and wore her hair down – a move that broke a 350-year-old royal tradition.
She wore it pinned slightly up, with most of it down towards the back, also known as a “Demi Chignon” for her wedding to Prince William at Westminster Abbey more than a decade ago.
Created by hairstylist James Pryce at Richard Ward Salon and incorporating the beautiful Cartier Halo Tiara, it saw searches for royal hairstyles rise 217 percent above average, the second-highest amount in the study.
The Duchess of Cambridge also claims the third, fourth and fifth spot in the study.
Her hairstyle of simple blow-dried waves, shown in the clip of her and her family clapping for carers in May 2020, is the third most popular royal hairstyle of all time.
Searches for royal hair skyrocketed 165 percent above average as a result.
In fourth place is her blow-dry look during her appearance outside of the Lindo Wing after the birth of Prince George in July 2013.
This particular style saw searches for royal hairstyles soar 162 percent above average as people rushed to emulate the simple yet classic look.
The fifth most talked-about royal hairstyle of all time, causing searches to rise 131 percent above average, is Meghan’s sleek blow-dried wavy locks during her engagement announcement to Prince Harry.
Other members of the Royal Family had their hairstyles in the top ten as coming just after Meghan in the list is Princess Beatrice, whose wedding hairstyle saw searches for royal hair rise 127 percent.
Her hairstyle took inspiration from Kate’s wedding look, as the 33-year-old wore hers styled into loose tousled curls, and was paired with the Queen Mary Diamond Fringe Tiara.
The youngest royal on the list, Princess Charlotte, caused searches for royal hair to rise 124 percent, as a result of a photo released in June 2020.
The picture, released to mark Father’s Day, saw Princess Charlotte showcasing natural lighter highlights, sending royal fans into a flurry of excitement.
The Duchess of Sussex’s up-do for her interview with Oprah Winfrey that sent shockwaves across the globe was watched by 17.1 million and subsequently made Meghan’s hairdo, the eighth most popular royal hairstyle of all time.
In ninth place, causing searches for royal hairstyles to rise 188 percent above average was Kate’s up-do for the 2020 Remembrance Day service.
While the tenth spot was claimed by another royal wedding-themed hairstyle, this time with Princess Eugenie’s classic bun causing a 113 percent rise in Google searches.