Trouble is brewing among the Beefeaters after Moira Cameron, the Tower of London’s first female yeoman warder, claims that her male colleagues’ bullying led her to suffer stress-related hair loss. Cameron, 44, says that she started to shed excessive amounts of hair after nasty notes were left in her locker and her uniform was defaced. As the hair loss became more severe, Cameron began to wear a wig. At one point, she burst into a meeting of male Yeoman Warders, pulled off her hairpiece and shouted, “Look what you b******s have done to me.”
The hate campaign appeared to have started in 2007, shortly after Cameron’s appointment. Three Beefeaters are being investigated and two have been suspended while police yesterday confirmed that one, aged 56, has been cautioned for tampering with Moira’s Wikipedia entry. A Tower source is quoted as telling The Sun, “As a result of the stress Moira’s lost her hair and is having to wear a wig. Her actions at the meeting show how much it’s all got to her.”
Historic Royal Palaces, which runs the Tower, said that a high-level investigation was in process and that the claims were being taken “extremely seriously”.
Cameron, a former senior Army NCO from Argyll, Scotland, has said: “I’ve been proud to be a yeoman warder at the Tower and am still very much committed to working here. Over the last year I have lost my hair and this has been distressing. On this occasion I let this show. Now, however, my focus is getting on with the job I love.”
Stress can lead to a type of hair loss called Telogen Effluvium. Other causes of this condition include illness, medications, childbirth or rapid weight loss. In Telogen Effluvium, the body suffers from a ‘shock to the system’ causing certain hair follicles to prematurely enter the telogen (resting) phase where they remain for 3 months after which time they are shed. In some cases the person will have recovered from the event before the hair loss occurs. The hair growth cycle usually returns to normal 6 – 12 months after the event. However in some cases the condition can trigger Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss. These are permanent, genetic hair loss conditions that require treatment to manage and maintain hair growth.
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