Sam McKnight served as the hairstylist for the aforementioned shoot and made the changes to Diana’s locks firsthand. In his new book, Hair by Sam McKnight, he explained the bit of follicle manipulating magic that made Diana first take a liking to the style. (Here are 18 times that Kate Middleton and Princess Diana basically wore the same thing.)
“I made her hair look short in the tiara for the shoot and she decided she liked it…As she was leaving, Diana asked what would I do to her hair if I had free reign…I suggested cutting it short and she, to my surprise, agreed, and we did it there and then.”
After the spontaneous quick snip, McKnight formed a working relationship with Diana. Whenever she was in London, he would swing by for a morning hair maintenance appointment and would sometimes swing by in the evening if the Princess had an event in the evening.
But it wasn’t just Diana who took a liking to McKnight’s stylings; William was a pretty big fan, too. “Sometimes her beloved boys would be there and I would cut their hair, too,” he writes. “I remember Prince William responded in glee when I put gel in his hair for the first time.”
Yep, a haircut that shaped a decade of style was done without an appointment. Princess Diana also helped create this popular beauty product—what couldn’t she do?