Sam McKnight, who was the Princess of Wales’ private stylist from 1990 till her demise in 1997 at age 36, opened up about that unforgettable second.
“The first time I met the Princess of Wales was on a shoot,” McKnight informed British Vogue on Tuesday. “This leggy blonde comes bouncing up the stairs, smiled and made us all melt, and it was Princess Diana.”
McKnight recalled having “a really lovely day” with Diana as they labored on portraits for British Vogue.
“I made [her hair] look short under the tiara – I faked it a bit,” he mentioned.
But when the photoshoot wrapped, Diana requested McKnight how he would type her hair if she let him do no matter he needed.
“I said, ‘I would cut it all off and just start again,'” McKnight admitted. “It was the beginning of the ‘90s and it was at the time that I was doing lots of shows and covers and a lot of the girls had short hair, and we were moving from the big frou-frou ‘80s into the sharp, more androgynous, business chic of the ‘90s.”
That’s when Diana stunned him.
“She said, ‘Well, why don’t you just cut it off now?'” McKnight shared. “So I cut it off then and we never looked back.”
McKnight additionally described how Diana fortunately met his mom throughout a go to to a manufacturing facility close to the Scottish village the place the matriarch lived.
“My mum and her friends were standing outside and [Diana] had never met my mum before,” McKnight defined. “So, I think the story goes, one of my mum’s friends shouted out, ‘This is Sam’s mum,’ and for some reason, the Princess knew exactly who she was talking about and went over and spoke to her and that made my mum’s day. I think for me that was probably the most pride I’ve ever felt in my job.”
“From one Princess Diana to another,” mentioned McKnight. “I remember that day. That was my first job after the first lockdown in summer  and I remember when the job came in and I wasn’t quite sure that I was the right person to do this.”
“And actually it was a pleasure and Emma was a pleasure, and I was quite taken by how alike Emma was to Princess Diana in her looks,” McKnight continued. “And she was such a lovely girl that any doubts and fears were laid, and I think it’s a great cover.”