Princess Diana was known for her signature short hairstyle, and now the hairstylist behind the look has shared what first sparked her decision to have it cut.
Diana’s long-time personal hairstylist Sam McKnight was the man behind the iconic look and he’s opened up about the first time he met the Princess of Wales.
He said: “The first time I met the Princess of Wales was on a shoot. This leggy blonde comes bouncing up the stairs and sticks her hand out and introduces [herself], smiled and made us all melt, and it was Princess Diana.”https://www.youtube.com/embed/JMKgMyb17no
McKnight was Diana’s hairstylist for the day as they were shooting portraits for the British fashion magazine.
“I made it look short under the tiara. I faked it a bit,” McKnight said.
After a “really lovely day” of shooting, McKnight said Diana asked how he would style her hair if she let him do anything he wanted to it. That’s where the idea for a short cut came about.
McKnight recalled: “I said, ‘I would cut it all off and start again’, because it was the beginning of the ‘90s and it was at the time when I was doing lots of shows and covers and a lot of the girls had short hair.
“We were moving from the big frou-frou ‘80s into the sharp, more androgynous, business chic of the ‘90s.”
In a surprise split decision, Diana allowed him to do it, saying: “‘Well, why don’t you just cut it off now?’” McKnight said: “So I cut it off then and we never looked back.”
The hairstylist ended up becoming the royal’s personal stylist from 1990 until her death in 1997.