Kensington Palace announced today that Meghan, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, are expecting their first child together in Spring 2019.
The confirmation came after widespread speculation that the duchess was pregnant after she wore a loose-fitting coat to the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle last Friday.
Celebrity hair stylist Jason Collier told FEMAIL the mother-to-be might have also used her hair to try and keep the news private, noting she drew widespread attention when she experimented with a sleeker, straighter style on recent public outings.
Distraction technique? The Duchess of Sussex might have experimented with a straighter hairstyle at an outing to Loughborough University last month, pictured, in a bid to keep attention away from any hint of a baby bump, celebrity hair stylist Jason Collier suggested
New ‘do: The sleek, straight look was dramatically different to the soft waves or loose low chignon favoured by Meghan for her royal appearances. Pictured, the royal in July this year
Following Kate’s lead? Commentators noted how Kate changed her hairstyle in the lead-up to announcing all three of her pregnancies, with some speculating it was used as a distraction technique. Pictured, Kate chopped inches off her hair (left in May 2017) and sported a long bob at Wimbledon in July 2017 (right), weeks before revealing she was pregnant with Prince Louis
‘We are all intrigued by what she wears and how she looks,’ Jason said. ‘So perhaps the straightening of the hair for a while was a decoy to put us off the scent till they were ready to make their pregnancy announcement.’
Royal commentators have previously noted how the Duchess of Cambridge changed her hairstyle in the lead-up to announcing all three of her pregnancies, with some speculating it was used as a similar distraction technique.
It could be that the Duchess of Sussex has followed in her sister-in-law’s footsteps.
Celebrity stylist Jay Birmingham, owner of Jay Birmingham Hair, said Meghan’s hair texture suggested she might have also swapped chemical straightening, which is often avoided during pregnancy, in favour of using straighteners to achieve the sleek look.
The royal baby news was announced hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Sydney for their first major international tour since their wedding in May.
Mixing it up: The transformation in the lead-up to the Kate’s second pregnancy announcement in September 2014 was far less dramatic. However some noted Kate did swap her favoured full hair (as seen left in May 2014) for half-up hairstyles (right in July 2014)
A Kensington Palace said: ‘Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.
‘Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.’
Meghan arrived in Sydney with the poker straight style she has sported on two previous outings in recent weeks, including her first solo royal appearance to the Royal Academy of Arts on 25 September.
The hairdo marked a dramatic departure from Meghan’s favoured soft curls and loosely styled chignons.
Fringe effect: Ahead of announcing her first pregnancy in December 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge sparked widespread speculation she was expecting when she sported a long fringe during an outing to the Natural History Museum in London on 27 November 2012, right. Pictured left, Kate with her signature loose curls at an appearance earlier that same month
Speaking to FEMAIL, Mr Collier explained such a style could hold practical benefits too.
‘If the Duchess has been feeling tired or poorly it is a quick and easy hairstyle to achieve that doesn’t take too long,’ he said.
‘It also lasts longer than the up dos and waves we’re used to seeing her wear and can be worn for a couple of days without washing.’
The celebrity stylist added there had been a change in the ‘finish’ of her hair in recent weeks that could be attributed to a switch to a more low-tech straightening regime.
He said: ‘I have a feeling Meghan probably was used to having a treatment known as the Brazilian Blow Dry which is an in-salon treatment where which forms a coating over the hair to mimic smoothness and shine. It’s great for those with frizzy or unruly hair.’
Sleek and stylish: Celebrity stylist Jason Collier explained there appeared to have been a change in the ‘finish’ of the Duchess of Sussex’s hair in recent weeks that could be attributed to a switch to a more low-tech straightening regime. Pictured, Meghan sporting the sleek style, believed to have been created using straighteners, at the Royal Academy of Arts last month
Straight and smooth: Jay Birmingham, a stylist to the stars, agreed the duchess’ straighter look, as pictured in Sydney today, might have been achieved with straightening irons
As there is ‘limited’ research available on such treatments salons do not often recommend them for pregnant women, he explained.
Jason continued: ‘The Duchess of Sussex’s hair is straighter which would lead me to believe she is using a heated appliance. Straighteners give a sharper finish. The Brazilian Blow Dry would make the hair straight but still maintains its volume.’
Jay Birmingham agreed: ‘I think Meghan’s hair has looked slightly different over the past few weeks and there has been a slight change in the finish of her hair.
‘This could be Meghan avoiding Keratin Blowdrys and other chemical straightening treatments as there is a lot of speculation surrounding this style of treatments whilst pregnant.
‘Meghan’s stylist may be using straightening irons to gently relax her hair instead, either way her hair looks incredible.’
As hair bleach should be avoided while pregnant, mothers-to-be tend to opt for a darker root while expecting.
Jay added: ‘Be gentle, your body is going through an incredible journey and needs to be taken care of even down to smaller things like your hair.
‘Treat yourself to regular trims to keep your ends healthy and avoid any splitting and try to colour your hair as little as possible. If you can, opt for a stretched root to give you a low maintenance look that will still look amazing but won’t require any upkeep.’