Meghan Markle has had myriad beauty looks since becoming the Duchess of Sussex, most notably reinventing royal hair with a rather modern, “messy” touch. Markle’s proclivity for messy insouciance has been well-documented; she has been both sneered and cheered for her “messy” hairstyles, which have taken the form of free-flowing tendril and bun combinations, tousled waves and casual ponytails.

But today in London, Meghan Markle veered into more traditional territory, reverting to classic codes of royal hair with a chic chignon. Visiting the Smart Works organisation, a women’s charity which helps unemployed women into the workforce, Markle opted for a polished and precise bun.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works on January 10, 2019 in London, England. Kensington Palace announced today that The Duchess of Sussex has become Royal Patron of four organisations including Smart Works, The National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Mayhew. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Pulled back off her face and twisted into a neat, tight chignon, the look recalled royal hair of old – or that of sister-in-law Kate Middleton. In terms of makeup, the classic Markle signatures were there; natural bronzed skin, brown eyeliner and a sheer pink lip.

Sleek and ordered most importantly, tidy, Meghan Markle’s hair will appease any disparaging monarchist. A royal up ‘do done right, indeed.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works on January 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. Smart Works is one of the four organisations which she has become Royal Patron of, it was announced by Kensington Palace today. The three other organisations are The National Theatre, The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Mayhew. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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