Kate Middleton’s Hair Is “A Little Overdone,” Princess Anne Was “Scary,” Says Former Royal Hairdresser Denise McAdam

Kate Middleton on November 19, 2013 in London
Former royal hairdresser Denise McAdam spills secrets about her high-profile clients after working with Kate Middleton, Princess Anne, and Princes William and Harry during her 35-year career with royalty. Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic

While the rest of the world continues to gush over Kate Middleton's long, luxurious and flowing tresses, there's one person who remains relatively unimpressed: former royal hairdresser Denise McAdam. Click here for more recent pictures of Kate.

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"I think her hair is wonderful, maybe a little overdone at times," McAdam, 55, said in a new interview with Radio Times magazine. "But she always looks lovely," she continued of her "good friend," the Duchess of Cambridge, 32.

"I don't do the royals any more," said McAdam, who worked with the Queen's family for about 35 years. These days, she has made the swap from royal secrecy to reality TV in a new BBC series called Hair — a styling competition show. "I've heard some very good stories from my clients over the years. I could write a brilliant book," she told the Radio Times.

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"There are things that William and Harry have told me. But you have to be discreet. That’s why the Queen awarded me the Royal Victorian Medal," she went on. "It was for 35 years of keeping my mouth shut."

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While McAdam spoke fondly about most of her clients, ranging from her very first royal (and former movie star) Princess Grace of Monaco, to Sarah Ferguson on her wedding day to Prince Andrew, the stylist recalled working with one particularly terrifying member of the family: "Princess Anne was the scary one, particularly when I was young," she said of Prince Charles' sister, 63. "It was a simple up-do, so I just used to go in, close my eyes and do it as quickly as possible," McAdam said of styling her hair.

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Gearing up for her new show as a judge, McAdam will be joined by celebrity hairstylist Alain Pichon, who's worked with David Beckham, Madonna and Claudia Schiffer. "Madonna has the best hair of anyone I've ever worked with," Pichon told the Radio Times. "If you want it straight, it goes the best straight you've ever seen, but if you want it curly you get brilliant curls. Contrary to what you might think, she wasn't difficult to please."

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