The Duchess of Sussex is one of the most influential style icons in the world, so it comes as no surprise that the royal's outfits are very carefully put together. But Meghan’s go-to hairstylist George Northwood has revealed even he was shocked by the extent to which she plans her hair, makeup and wardrobe, especially when it comes to a royal tour.
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One of the most memorable trips for Prince Harry and Meghan was their tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji in 2018, which not only marked one of their first tours as a married couple but was also where they broke the news they were expecting their first child, Archie Harrison. Talk about being well and truly in the spotlight!
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Speaking to Grazia, George unveiled Meghan deliberately chose to support small, local designers, including New Zealand's Maggie Marilyn and Australia's Martin Grant. "When we went on the Australia tour, she always wanted to support small businesses so would choose jewellery from local designers. I always thought, 'God, would I ever put so much thought and care into that?'" he said.
George revealed Meghan planned her jewellery very carefully during the royal tour of Australia
True to the 'Meghan Markle effect,' many of her dresses and jewellery flew off the shelves after she was spotted wearing them, much to the delight of the brand owners! One of those people was Sydney-based jewellery designer Natalie Marie, who told Vogue that Meghan had already ordered stackable rings before buying more items during the royal tour, including a necklace which is engraved with the letter 'M'. She explained: "We have certainly seen a flow on effect in terms of an influx of clients wanting to replicate her style."
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The Duchess aimed to support small businesses as much as possible
George also revealed that Meghan's attention to detail remains true of all of her ensembles, despite how effortless her look may seem. "We worked together for two years – and I hope to continue whenever she’s back in the UK – collaborating to create the effortlessly cool buns that she wears as well as the sleek, polished hair, such as her style at the British Fashion Awards in 2018 – my favourite look we’ve ever done. It’s funny, because her hair often looks so effortless but she’s actually the most thoughtful person, even down to the smallest detail like her jewellery," the hairstylist said.