Princess Charlene of Monaco has defended her “half-hawk” buzz cut after the haircut was met with mixed reactions when the royal first unveiled it in December.
Princess Charlene, the wife of Prince Albert, showed off the edgy haircut, which saw the side and back of her head shaved, for the first time on 16 December while handing out gifts at the royal family's annual Christmas party at the palace, according to People.
Now, in a new interview with French magazine Point de Vue, the royal has stood by her decision to try out the haircut, telling the outlet that the style “pleases” her despite it provoking “all kinds of comments”.
The 42-year-old opened up about the new look in response to a question about dealing with the criticism as a public figure, with Princess Charlene telling the outlet: “This haircut was my decision.”
The former Olympic swimmer also acknowledged that this is not the first unique haircut that she has tried out, before explaining that she plans to continue experimenting with her look.
“Certainly, of all the members of royal families, I'm probably the one who has tried the most different hairstyles, and I'll continue. That's my choice,” the royal said, adding: “The remarks of ‘But what is she doing?’ and ‘But it’s not royal!’ - I know these all too well.
Royal showed off her shaved haircut in December
Princess Charlene said she likes the edgy haircut
“And I have nothing to say to them, except that we’re in 2021 and that in these times which are so troubling, so difficult, there are other, much more important subjects which deserve our attention.”
As for her family’s reaction to the hairstyle, Princess Charlene said that her six-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella “adore” seeing their mother with the haircut - and that her husband, the son of late actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, became a fan as well once the “surprise wore off”.
“After the initial surprise wore off, the prince understood and likes it now too,” she said.
Princess Charlene wore her hair in a bob with blunt bangs in September
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Princess Charlene’s latest haircut came after she previously debuted a bob with short blunt bangs in September 2020.