Royal trend: Meghan Markle, Duchess Kate and Princess Diana in the Prince of Wales check

By Laura Sutcliffe

Check mate! The classic Prince of Wales check has graced the wardrobes of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Cambridge and the late Diana, Princess of Wales while on official engagements. After trending in 2017, The distinctive print - grey fabric adorned with bold black and white checks - looks set to remain top of mind this year. Bride-to-be Meghan, 36, donned a checked off-the-shoulder jacket by Theory, when she visited Cardiff Castle on Jan. 18. The former Suits actress wore the top with Hiut Denim skinny jeans, boots by Tabitha Simmons and a black scarf.


Meghan Markle seen wearing an off shoulder Prince of Wales check patterned jacket by Theory
Meghan Markle wore jacket by Theory in Cardiff

Prince Harry's fiancée isn’t the only fan of the plaid print – Duchess Kate was snapped in a beautiful coat by L.K. Bennett featuring the iconic design in December 2017, when she visited Manchester. The pregnant royal worked the statement coatinto her stunning wardrobe perfectly, teaming the chic outwear item with a red dress by Goat.

Kate Middleton spotted wearing a long belted Prince of Wales check patterned L.K. Bennett coat
Duchess Kate stunned in L.K.Bennett coat

Princess Diana was the very first royal to showcase this trend, however. Clearly ahead of the times, she donned an oversized blazer featuring the print in 1988, layering it over a crisp white roll-neck jumper, which was the epitome of 80s style, and carrying a Fendi monogrammed clutch bag.

Princess Diana spotted in a long Prince of Wales check patterned blazer complimented with a white turtleneck
Diana wore the check in 1988

It is clear that the traditional print has had a millennial revival, with a number of high-profile celebrities choosing to revise the print in a modern, contemporary way. Everyone from Cheryl to Joan Collins has worked the statement trend – and Holly Willoughby caused a fashion frenzy in 2017 when she wore a Topshop skirt teamed with a grey top that featured a dazzling, modern take on the retro design.

Product image: Grey Prince of Wales long blazer just like Princess Diana's.
Get the look - this jacket is $50 at New Look

If you are unsure how to work it into your wardrobe, a simple blazer like this one - $50 at New Look - popped over tailored trousers and a classic shirt would work a treat!

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