Duchess Kate's former hairdresser works magic on Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie
07:53 GMT, 6 June 2012
Banned from trying to poach clients of his previous boss for six months, the Duchess of Cambridge’s former hairdresser James Pryce will soon be free to crimp whoever he pleases — and has just bagged himself two of the Queen’s granddaughters.
The London-born stylist’s latest clients, I can reveal, are Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Despite falling out with his mentor, Richard Ward — who has cared for Kate’s hair for almost a decade and whose clients include Kate’s mother Carol Middleton and sister Pippa — Pryce, 34, was yesterday attending to the sisters at Buckingham Palace ahead of the service of thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s.
Hair makeover: Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie at St Paul's yesterday
I understand he was approached by a royal aide at Fergie’s suggestion and Pryce wasted no time telling the world about it.
‘Lovely morning at Buckingham Palace looking after Princess Beatrice and Eugenie,’ he tweets. ‘Great girls.’
Pryce’s re-emergence as a royal crimper
only serves to highlight what has been dubbed the ‘war of the
hairdryers’ between Ward and his one-time employee.
Royal hair overhaul: The Duchess pictured at Wimbledon 2011 (left) and during Jubilee celebrations
The two men met six years ago and Pryce asked Ward for a job at his Chelsea salon.
In demand: Hair stylist James Pryce
Pryce went on to style Kate’s hair for her wedding and also accompanied her on the royal tour of Canada.
But he subsequently fell out with Ward and they parted company acrimoniously in December.
Pryce is now to be found working out of hair colourist Josh Wood’s new salon in Holland Park, and has set up his own website, in which he boasts that styling Kate’s hair for the wedding was the ‘high point’ of his career.
He has told pals he hopes he will have a long relationship with the Princesses.
The stylist has also suggested to friends that when the six months’ ‘no poaching’ rule is up at the end of June, he hopes he will be asked to cut Kate’s hair again.
However, Ward, I gather, is untroubled. Says a pal: ‘Richard has spent 20 years building up his business and is known and trusted for his discretion.
'He would never dream of tweeting about who his clients are.’