Prince Charles Recycled a Suit from 1984 for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding
Prince Charles had a big role to play at son Prince Harry's royal wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018: walking the bride down the aisle. For the occasion, he wore a grey morning suit by Anderson & Sheppard — a piece that's been in his closet since 1984.
When British Vogue editor Edward Enninful – who worked closely with Meghan for her British Vogue issue in the summer of 2019 – asked if the royal had considered wearing something new for such an occasion, Prince Charles replied, "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."
"But if I can’t fit into them, then I just have to have something new made," he continued. "But I’m not sure quite how radically different they can be at my age."
Prince Charles' morning coat has made many appearances throughout the decades, from the Royal Ascot to another royal wedding: the 1999 nuptials of his brother Prince Edward to Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
"I'm one of those people who hate throwing anything away. Hence, I’d rather have them maintained, even patched if necessary, than to abandon them,” he told British Vogue. "The difficulty is, as you get older, you tend to change shape, and it’s not so easy to fit into the clothes."
He added, "I can't bear any waste, including food waste; I'd much rather find another use. Which is why I’ve been going on for so long about the need for a circular economy, rather than a linear one where you just make, take and throw away — which is a tragedy, because inevitably we over-exploit natural resources that are rapidly depleting."
The prince, who has been an environmental advocate for several decades throughout his public life, wants to change the entire industry to become more conscious of the issue.
"It is critical that we address the whole issue around how we produce clothes," he said. So many of the processes in textile-making involve toxic chemicals that damage the environment in a huge way. Then there’s all the waste and throwing away of clothes into landfill sites, which is why it matters so much if we’re going to tackle these huge global challenges around global warming and climate change."