Meghan Markle may have changed her hair to distract people from her pregnancy, and she could have learned the trick from Kate Middleton

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle announced she is pregnant.

Though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been open about their desire to have kids well before the royal wedding, it didn’t take fans and royal watchers long to start speculating on a possible pregnancy for the newlyweds.

And now that the royal family has announced that Markle is due to give birth to a royal baby in spring 2019, those same fans and royal watchers have been combing through photos since the pair got married in May to search for clues.

Markle’s straight hair may have been a hint of her pregnancy

Meghan MarkleWPA Pool/GettyImagesHer hair was different than her usual messy bun.

One of the biggest potential hints that Markle was expecting came late last month when she and Harry visited Loughborough University for the Coach Core Awards, playing a little basketball and meeting with athletes.

The Duchess of Sussex kept it casual in a navy Oscar de la Renta top paired with black Altuzarra pants and heels, but it’s her hair that seemed to be the biggest giveaway. Markle wore a sleek and straight blowout for the event, a stark departure from her signature casual bun and soft, loose waves.

She wore the sleek and straight look two days in a row

Meghan MarkleChris Jackson/GettyShe rocked straight hair at her first solo engagement.

She kept her hair straight for her first solo engagement the next day when she attended the opening of the Oceania exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, dressing up in a black Givenchy dress and a pair of black Aquazzura bow pumps for her big night out.

But if you think that a subtle hairstyle change has nothing to do with Markle’s pregnancy, think again. Markle’s hair switch-up may have served as a distraction so that the public would focus on her strands over anything else that could indicate she was pregnant.

She isn’t the first royal to use her hairstyle to distract from her pregnancy

Kate MiddletonWPA Pool/GettyImagesThree days before her first pregnancy was announced, Middleton arrived at the opening of The Natural History Museum’s Treasures Gallery with a ’70s-style long fringe.

Her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, may have also changed her hair to hide her pregnancy, as she debuted new hair looks before her first and third pregnancies were made official to the public.

Just before announcing she was pregnant with Prince George in 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge debuted long layers and side bangs. And shortly before announcing her third pregnancy with Prince Louis in 2017, she cropped her locks into a long, wavy lob, with eagle-eyed reporters noticing the small but potentially strategic changes.

Of course, other tiny but seemingly tactical hints seem to have been hiding in plain sight with Markle, from the fact that she was photographed carrying folders hours before her pregnancy announcement to certain strategic fashion choices, like wearing coats, ruffles, and belts, or carrying a purse close to her midsection.

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