How to Channel Meghan Markle’s Best Hair Moments on Your Own Wedding Day

See all of Duchess Meghan’s signature hairstyles reimagined as your day-of ’do.
by Maggie Seaver
Meghan Markle, Meghan Duchess of Sussex
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Meghan Markle may be the Duchess of Sussex, but she’s also been dubbed the unofficial queen of the messy bun. She’s worn  this now-signature relaxed updo for several prewedding appearances, then wore a wedding-worthing version of it on her wedding day to Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel. And let’s be real,  we can’t stop thinking about her gorgeous locks in general. From loose, modern waves to her sleek garden party ’do, here are Meghan Markle’s best royal hair moments (so far) and how to make them your own.

1. The Perfectly Messy Bun

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
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Markle likes to show off her lovely neckline by sweeping her hair up in an effortless bun with a few romantic whisps to frame her face.

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EMILY WREN PHOTOGRAPHY; LAURA MURRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Whether your style is more classic or boho, copy this look for that perfectly imperfect updo you’ve been dreaming of.

2. Big, Natural Waves

Meghan Markle at Invictus Team Trials
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When the Duchess wears her hair down, she tends to opt for large, graceful waves. We’ve seen her rock this look for everything from their official engagement announcement to more informal events like the Invictus team trials.  

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RAE MARSHALL WEDDINGS; TRISH BARKER PHOTOGRAPHY

Glossy, beachy waves aren’t going out of style anytime soon—especially now that Markle’s known to favor them. Keep your tresses long and loose on your wedding day for effortlessly romantic vibes.

3. The Smooth, Yet Relaxed Bun

Meghan Markle royal wedding day
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Markle kept her wedding day hair elegant, minimal and timeless. Her smooth, low bun perfectly complemented her custom Givenchy dress, highlighted her tiara and bespoke veil, and spoke to her polished style.

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LORI PALADINO PHOTOGRAPHY; LEVI AND VAL

Whether you part your hair in the center or on the side, add embellishments or leave it be, this clean and classic look is as perfect for your wedding as it was for the royal wedding.

4. A Sleek Chignon

Meghan Markle
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Just days after she and Harry tied the knot, Markle arrived at Prince Charles’s 70th birthday party having swapped her signature piece-y bun for a simply coiled side chignon at the nape of her neck.

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ELISABETH MILLAY PHOTOGRAPHY; INSPIRATION AND DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY

Love this ultra-chic look? A smooth updo can really work for any wedding style—romantic, classic, modern or vintage. Show off a pair of statement earrings, a unique neckline or just your beautiful jawline with this sophisticated knot.

5. Defined Curls

Meghan Markle attends Trooping the Colour 2018
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For her first post-honeymoon event, her Trooping the Colour debut, the Duchess of Sussex threw us for a stylish loop with a hair 180. Her shiny locks looked extra stunning in large, tight curls and a side part beneath a sculptural brim.

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UNIQUE 2 CHIC PHOTOGRAPHY; STUDIO FINCH PHOTOGRAPHY

Give off subtly glamorous vibes on your wedding day with a head of controlled, yet feminine curls that mimic Meghan’s Trooping the Colour look.


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