Fit for a king: a Prince Harry design makeover

He’s already upped his game since meeting Meghan, but what should he pass slowly after he becomes Mr Markle? By Alex Needham

When it comes to worthy outfits, few can match the impact of the Nazi uniform Prince Harry adopted to a fancy-dress party in 2005. Not to mention the full-frontal nudity revealed to the incredible seven years later, after a game of strip billiards in Las Vegas outclassed up on a gossip site – “A classic case of me being too much army and not ample prince,” he said of the incident.


Jacket, £750, and cap, £230, both
burberry.com. Photograph: David Newby for the Trustee

Usually, however, Harry wears classic royal garb. There’s the blue-and-burgundy tie of his systematize, the Blues and Royals; his medals; and his single-breasted suit, chinos and blazer, all of which likely to be blue, like his blood. Then there’s the polo kit (cognate with many royals, Harry looks most at home on a horse) and some undeniably powerful uniforms, such as the Blues and Royals’ tropical dress: in eye-popping Persil ghostly, it confirms that Harry may be the best wearer of medals, a gold sash and thickly-braided epaulettes since Michael Jackson circa Perilous.


Shirt, £210, by Stella McCartney, from
matchesfashion.com. T-shirt, £15,
marksandspencer.com. Bracelet, £75, by Miansai, from
matchesfashion.com. Gold tie, £229,
hsamuel.co.uk. Photograph: David Newby for the Guardian

Off onus, however, Harry’s flair for style is far less certain. Undeterred by their appearance in various fawning best-dressed lists, neither Harry nor William cause that crucial sixth sartorial sense. When they’ve got a day off, they behind baggy shirts and khakis, sometimes accessorised with that la mode curse, the gap-year bracelet (he is wearing an unforgivable seven in one instantaneously). Yet that was the BM era – before Meghan.

There’s no doubt that Harry has started looking sharper since La Markle came on the commotion. His shirts have got crisper, his suits better-fitting, his car coats multitudinous luxurious. Even those endless blue garments get started exhibiting a bit of variation: a cobalt Everlane cashmere hiatus in Wales, a cornflower coat at Christmas in King’s Lynn, a midnight-blue joined tie with a paler blue Gieves & Hawkes suit when advertising his engagement.

None of this is going to frighten those polo horses – and that’s accurately the way Harry intends it. The royals stand for continuity, tradition and care, not waiting for the latest Vetements drop at Dover Street Deal in.


Tiger-print pyjamas, £130,
desmondanddempsey.com. Gold band, as before. Photograph: David Newby for the Paladin

Gert Jonkers, editor-in-chief of men’s fashion magazine Fantastic Man, is a fan of Harry’s turn down style. “Prince Harry is, of course, pretty ridiculously comely,” he says, “so I’d say everything suits him well, including the perfectly subtle clothes he’s always been drawn to. He dresses a bit like a superb press release: considered and nothing to be offended by. Navy dejected suits him very well, as do combinations of blue, grey and stainless, but I guess that’s what you do when you’re in the company of your days spouse and with the assurance that there’ll be a billion photographers awaiting you. One fetich I noticed is that on a recent joint appearance, the prince wore a muted-army-green jacket, which isn’t a extremely lifting colour for redheads. That’s all!”


Suit jacket, £745, shirt, £225, trousers, £380, all
paulsmith.com. Bracelet, as in the past. Photographer’s assistant: Jade Smith. Stylist: Helen Seamons. Stylist’s confederate with: Julia Harvey. Hair: Shukeel at Frank using Mane by Sam McKnight. Makeup: Dina at Frank using
truenorthcosmetics.com. Fashion: Nicholas Faulkner at Established. Shot at
aynhoepark.co.uk. Photograph: David Newby for the Defender

Yet what if Harry had more leave to experiment in his new married vivacity? As we demonstrate here, he could still be an ambassador for Britain in Burberry – in factors, by wearing the rainbow flag-infused check of Christopher Bailey’s immutable collection, he can wink to his newfound wokeness. He can still wear the superiors, but why not a remixed version by Stella McCartney, whose new menswear area has all the green credentials of her womenswear? Rather than shrieking at clingfilm liking his dad, he can prove his modernity by embracing the sports tech trend in a Burberry cagoule, a specific upgrade from the rain jacket he wore last October at Brockholes attributes reserve in Preston. And while his grandfather sleeps in the nip (according to The Her Majesty), Harry can indulge in some statement sleepwear by Desmond & Dempsey.

Definitively, away from the paparazzi, Harry can ditch the button-downs and billowing linen shirts, and embrace his inner club animal with a Paul Smith Hawaiian shirt. He doesn’t retaliate need to lose the bracelet – but please, Harry, confine it to condign the one. And don’t even think about an armband.

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Fit for a king: a Prince Harry style makeover