When it comes to royals who always look sleek and sophisticated, Kate Middleton is high on the list. From her gorgeous outfits to her effortless ease around her husband, Prince William, it’s no wonder the U.K. and U.S. are both huge fans. Not only has she charmed us, but she’s managed to look completely presentable just hours after giving birth, which is truly a feat few can say they’ve done.
Due to the Duchess of Cambridge’s suave demeanor, it took everyone off guard when she appeared to have a few strands of gray hair. Here’s what the public had to say.
Kate appeared to be going gray on several occasions
Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) and Lady Louise Windsor watch the rowing finals during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Eton Dorney, west of London, on Sept. 2, 2012. | Stefan Rousseau/AFP/GettyImages
Since Kate is the ultimate royal style icon, she was the last person anyone expected to show off gray hair. But in 2013, eagle-eyed fans noticed her roots were looking off color, says the Daily Beast. And then in 2015, Kate wore her hair in a half up-do that had everyone talking. Many noticed the gray hair peaking out from underneath her ponytail, New York Daily News notes.
It’s important to note what was going on at the time her grays really started to show through the 2015 up-do. At 33, this is prime time for some women to start seeing a change in their hair pigment. Not to mention she was also pregnant with her second child, Charlotte. As Carrie Pink, a mother of four kids, told the publication, “She’s just exhibiting what real life is like for any woman who’s pregnant and a mom — you don’t have time, or you feel concerned because you don’t want to expose you and your unborn child to chemicals.”
Some praised her, but not everyone was a fan
Prince William and Kate Middleton holding her daughter, Princess Charlotte | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Kate’s gray hair caused a lot of division amongst fans of the royal family. Celebrity hairdresser Nicky Clarke, who also tended to the hair of Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, was 100% in favor of Kate getting a new dye job, Daily Mail reports. He said, “Kate needs to get rid of her grey hair — it’s not a good look. She does have amazing things done to her hair and it can look great, but unfortunately it’s the case for women — all women — that until you’re really old, you can’t be seen to have any gray hairs.”
To make matters worse, Clarke also mentioned that it’s fine for men to go gray early, but women shouldn’t. This double-standard caused one writer from Glamour to call out the hypocrisy. “A woman’s choice to color her hair is just that — a choice, definitely not a must,” the writer noted. “So let’s all agree: There’s nothing wrong with gray hair. If you choose to color it, go for it. If not, you’re not lazy, unpretty, or a bad representation for women. Period.”
Hormonal changes from pregnancy may have caused her strands to turn
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis | Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images)
Was Kate naturally going gray early, or did her pregnancies have anything to do with it? As stylist Alexandra Zdrazkova said, “Kate’s gray hairs are probably caused by a hormonal change, which happens to a lot of people after they get pregnant,” the Daily Beast notes.
In other instances, new moms have noticed that the stress of the baby has caused them to go gray after the child was born. While the research is conflicting as to whether or not this can really occur, there’s a chance stress might actually impact your hair color.
As far as Kate is concerned, her hair looked perfectly dyed during her pregnancy with Prince Louis. It seems she may have taken the gray criticism to heart.
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