Since joining the royal family, Kate Middleton has made it her mission to speak more openly about mental illness and help people of all ages improve their mental health. But according to a royal source, the Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly done her part to help with what’s on the outside of her subjects’ heads, too. On Sunday, the source told U.K. newspaper The Daily Express that after stylist Joey Wheeler chopped Middleton’s enviable hair into a bouncy lob last summer, she suggested they donate the clippings to children in need.
“While Joey was snipping away, the idea came to her of doing some good with it rather than throwing it away,” the source said. “She mentioned it to Joey, who thought it was a brilliant idea. It was sent using someone else’s name so that the trust didn’t know it was from a royal source — they just thought it was from a female donor in the Kensington area.” They added, “It’s lovely to think somewhere, a little girl is happily wearing a wig made from a real princess’s hair. It’s a very heartwarming thing for Middleton to have done, and very thoughtful to use hair that would have otherwise just been thrown away.”
The seven inches of hair were reportedly sent to the Little Princess Trust, which was founded in 2006 and provides high-quality wigs made out of real hair at no cost to children who have lost their hair due to cancer and other illnesses. In a post on their website, the organization revealed that they learned of Middleton’s donation last Friday. “We are so very grateful to every single person who kindly supports the charity in this way. As the Duchess of Cambridge is so much in the public eye, we hope the message that the charity can help children and young people with hair loss will reach everyone who might need our assistance,” Monica Glass, charity manager for the Trust, said in a statement. “Receiving a free, real hair wig has a very positive impact on a child or young adult at such a difficult time. We hope that this donation will encourage others to consider supporting the charity in the same way.”
The Little Princess Trust has other high-profile supporters. In May 2016, Harry Styles caused a stir when he posted a photo on Instagram in which he holds up a chopped-off ponytail’s worth of his own luscious locks. “Whoops,” he captioned the pic, adding, “#Littleprincesstrust.”
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