Princess Charlene of Monaco debuts dramatic shaved hairstyle

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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She’s usually recognisable by her trademark blonde flowing locks but Princess Charlene of Monaco has debuted a very dramatic new hairstyle.

The 42-year-old former Olympic swimmer, who is married to Prince Albert II, showed off her new ‘do at the Christmas tree ceremony at the Prince's Palace of Monaco.

Princess Charlene of Monaco attends the Christmas gift distribution on December 16, 2020 in Monaco
Princess Charlene of Monaco has debuted a new hairstyle. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Charlene’s hair has been dyed a darker colour, with one side shaved in a close buzz cut.

While she kept the right side of her hair long, the left side has a whole new look, with the new hairstyle forming an undercut just after her temple.

It’s not the first time the princess has played around with different hairstyles, however, this appears to be to be the first time she’s dipped her toes into a darker colour.

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The back of Princess Charlene of Monaco's shaved head
The princess debuted her new 'do at the Christmas gift distribution on December 16, 2020 in Monaco. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Charlene, formerly known at Charlene Wittstock, met Prince Albert II at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in Monte Carlo in 2000.

Charlene, a South African swimmer who competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, became engaged to Prince Albert in 2010.

Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco attend the Christmas gift distribution on December 16, 2020 in Monaco
The princess is pictured here with her six-year-old son, Prince Jacques of Monaco.
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Prince Albert II of Monaco with children Prince Jacques of Monaco and Princess Gabriella of Monaco pose at the Palace balcony during the Monaco National Day Celebrations
Princess Charlene is married to Prince Albert II of Monaco. Photo: Getty Images

In 2011, just days before they were due to marry, controversy shrouded their big day as it was reported that the future princess had tried to flee Monaco after discovering Albert, who already had two illegitimate children, had fathered a third love child.

According to L’Express, Charlene tried to flee Monaco three times but in the end, their three-day wedding went ahead as planned.

Pictures from the ceremony show Princess Charlene in tears while Prince Albert whispered: ‘Don’t cry, don’t cry’.

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert are seen leaving the Hotol de Paris to attend the religious ceremony
Controversy surrounded their wedding in 2011. Photo: Getty Images

The palace have denied all of the rumours, telling People magazine: “None of this is true, and we think it comes from utter jealousy.”

The couple went on to become the proud parents to twins Prince Jacques Honoré Rainier and Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès in 2014.

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