The Prince of Wales discussed creating more sustainable wardrobes during his latest interview. He chatted with the editor-in-chief of British Vogue all about the importance of waste-free fashion.
He originally acquired the suit in 1984 and wore it to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018.
During the interview with Edward Enninful, Prince Charles spoke about the suit and why he did not wear a new one for the Sussexes’ wedding.
He said: “I’ve considered it. But in the case of that particular morning coat, as long as I can go on getting into it, I only wear it a few times a year, in the summer, so obviously you want to keep those sorts of things going.”
Prince Charles added: “But if I can’t fit into them, then I just have to have something new made.
“But I’m not sure quite how radically different they can be at my age.”
Mr Enninful praised the prince on the way he dresses and asked where he gets his style from.
The Prince of Wales replied: “I thought I was like a stopped clock – I’m right twice every 24 hours.
“But…I’m very glad you think it has style. I mind about detail and colour combinations.
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The Prince of Wales has been seen wearing the same two overcoats since the 1980s.
He is said to alternate between a camel overcoat and a tweed double-breasted overcoat.
During the interview with British Vogue, Prince Charles also spoke about his childhood in Scotland when he attended Gordonstoun school.
He said: “When I was a child, we used to take our shoes down to the cobbler in Scotland and would watch with fascination as he ripped the soles off and then put new soles on.”
The Prince of Wales added that the British fashion textile sector is “of enormous importance”.
He said: “But the trouble is, it requires constant investment in young people and in the development of real skills.”
Prince Charles added: “But it seems to me there are huge opportunities, particularly now, within the whole sustainable fashion sector, to counter this extraordinary trend of throw-away clothing – or throwaway everything, frankly.”
The Prince of Wales has previously promoted sustainability and warned of the impacts of climate change.
Earlier this year, the prince launched his Sustainable Markets initiative in Davos, Switzerland, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.
He said: “Global warming, climate change and the devastating loss of biodiversity are the greatest threats humanity has ever faced.”