Sophie Eales claims people stop her in the street to ask if she’s related to the late Princess Diana after she cut her hair into a style that bears a striking resemblance to Diana’s famous do
Princess Diana is among the most famous faces in UK culture and her signature style – including her famous blonde bob – is instantly recognisable by millions.
In fact, the late Princess of Wales has such an iconic look that one woman from Bournemouth has found herself being stopped in the street by people who think she could be the royal’s daughter – just because she switched up her hairstyle.
Sophie Eales, 24, decided to change her look in April 2021 when she chopped off most of her hair.
But the hairdresser’s spontaneous scissor work inadvertently left her with a carbon copy of Lady Di’s signature style – leaving people stunned by the similarities between them.
Sophie said: “I wanted to change my whole style. I always had long hair and just thought, ‘why not?’.
“I cut most of it off because I wanted layers. One thing led to another – and then I started going out.
“The amount of attention I get – people say, ‘you look like Princess Diana – are you her daughter?’.
“I always say no – I know who my mum is! – but it’s a nice compliment. I don’t think I look like her. I just wanted a new look.
“It’s like I can’t move for the attention. I’ve woken up and my whole life has completely changed.”
And the woman says people have even asked her for hugs just because of her resemblance to Princess Diana.
She added: “[The first time I was stopped] I was going to the shops for milk and I was just standing in the queue. When I had paid there were some people behind me.
“They were shocked – as I looked so much like Princess Diana. They said, ‘has anyone ever told you?’. I was speechless.
“Last year, I was with a few mates and there was one teenager who wanted a cuddle. Some people want selfies. But [they are] friendly.”
Sophie doesn’t really see the comparison but admits that it has done wonders for her self-esteem.
She added: “I’m just an ordinary girl. But the confidence boost – I love it so much. Every time I wake up, I know the rollers have to go in and the hair has to be bouncy.”
Princess Diana, who died in 1997, was renowned for her haircuts, which inspired hairdos for a generation of women.