When Prince George arrived at Princess Charlotte’s christening clad in a cute embroidered white shirt with red shorts, not only did it call to mind the little outfit dad Prince William donned to meet his little brother Harry in 1984, but it also melted hearts around the world. Rachel Riley, the designer behind the look, has now revealed her royal inspiration.
“I look at old pictures of William and Harry as boys because the outfits are beautiful and a wonderful inspiration,” she told The Mail on Sunday.
The 52-year-old credits Princess Diana for the princes’ adorable outfits, admitting that the fashion icon’s personal style also shined through in what her children wore.
“Princess Diana had a great sense of style,” said Rachel. "She was a nursery teacher so was a natural with children and knew how to dress them. She dressed William and Harry in clothes that are appropriate for children.
“They were comfortable and classic and, being from a traditional family, I think Diana understood the need for the Princes to be properly dressed. Diana loved fashion and she wore everything so well.”
The designer also revealed she had spotted some similarities between the way Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, dressed their children.
“Diana dressed Prince William in a very traditional way, even more traditional than Kate does with Prince George,” she said. “George always looks gorgeous, too. His clothing is very classic but suitable for today, that’s the look they are trying to achieve. It’s a more modern version of William’s look when he was a little boy.”
Admitting that sales have soared since Prince George stepped out in the £85 ensemble from her line, which sold out within hours of being identified, Rachel revealed that she had no idea the little royal would be wearing her designs.
“I don’t get any advance warning that Prince George will be wearing my clothes, although I do know when pieces have been ordered,” she admitted. “Of course it’s a great honour that they have chosen to dress George in so many of my outfits, it makes me very proud.”