Kate donated her hair to a children's cancer charity in 2017

By Hanna Fillingham

The Duchess of Cambridge said goodbye to her signature long brunette locks last year for a very good cause! According to reports, the expectant mother of two donated seven inches hair to a children's charity. It is believed that while her hairstylist Joey Wheeler was cutting her hair at Kensington Palace, the two came up with the thoughtful idea. A royal source told Sunday Express: "Four months ago Joey persuaded her it was time to take off some of her hair, he said it was just getting too long. While Joey was snipping away the idea came to her of doing some good with it rather than throwing it away." The source added: "She mentioned it to Joey, who thought it was a brilliant idea."

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It is believed that Kate's hair was donated to Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children who have lost their own hair due to illnesses including cancer. The 36-year-old's hair was then sent under someone else's name, with the source saying: "It was sent using someone else's name, so that the trust didn’t know it was from a royal source – they just thought it was from a female donor in the Kensington area."

The Duchess of Cambridge is thought to have cut her hair for the Little Princess Trust

Upon hearing the news, the Little Princess Trust said that it was a "great surprise." Helen Creese, a spokeswoman for the charity, said: "It's a complete surprise. Obviously we're all absolutely delighted that she donated her hair, and we're very grateful as well, just as we're grateful to everyone who chooses to support the charity in this way, and so many people do. We're assuming that she might have sent the donation anonymously." She said the charity receives anonymous donations from time to time, adding: "It's such a selfless act anyway to donate your hair to help a sick child or young adult."

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Other celebrities who have donated their hair to the Little Princess Trust include Harry Styles and Amber Le Bon, while This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby is also a big supporter. The 36-year-old recently used her mass reach on social media to share the story of her best friend Emma, whose niece is currently battling Bilateral Retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Holly revealed that her friend had cut off 12 inches of her hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust. Emma said that through doing it, she hoped to “make their day a little brighter".

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