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Basmah Qazi

Fit for a princess: How you can get your hands on this iconic Princess Diana fashion item

Fit for a princess: How you can get your hands on this iconic Princess Diana fashion item

Princess Diana remains a style icon for many, and while she often enjoyed wearing little black dresses and pastel power suits, the royal also dressed down in logo-heavy sweatshirts.

During the ‘90s, the late Princess of Wales took a trip to the Chelsea Harbour Club and stepped out in a look that will forever be remembered.

She chose to wear colourful workout gear to symbolise her independence from the monarch after her divorce from Prince Charles.

Now, that same piece of stylish athleisure is up for sale.

It may appear to be a simple navy blue Virgin Atlantic sweatshirt, but this comfortable item of clothing was personally gifted to the Princess by Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson – and is now being given to the highest bidder at auction company, RR House.

Photo: Getty/RR Auction House

The item has been put up for auction by Diana’s long-time personal trainer, Jenni Rivett, who was given the sweatshirt as a gift before her passing in August 1997.

The jumper features an animated cartoon of the airline’s “Flying Lady” logo with the words “Fly Atlantic”. The one-size-fits-all piece is expected to sell for over $7,000, with all proceeds being donated to charity.

The buyer will also receive two special notes, one that Diana wrote to Trivett and the other written by Trivett to the buyer.

“This sweatshirt was given to HRH by Sir Richard Branson. It became her most worn top on her regular visits to the gym,” writes Trivett. “She felt there were far more important issues to focus on in the world than her gym attire and therefore decided that wearing the famous Virgin sweatshirt to every session would be a good way to stop the media frenzy!”

Trivett added, “A few months before her untimely death she called me to say she had left a few sweatshirts for me. Amongst them, this one – which I have now decided to part with.”