When it comes to the wardrobes of the Windsor clan, we’re quick to praise Kate and Meghan’s covetable style – and all too often guilty of side-stepping the men of the royal establishment.
But in a surprising turn of events, Prince Charles is in the running to become the nation’s most influential fashion muse.
This year, the 70-year-old has moved from 20th place to an impressive sixth in GQ magazine’s annual best dressed list courtesy of his thrifty regal aesthetic.
To emphasise the scale of his latest achievement, Prince Charles sits beside the likes of star of the moment Timothée Chalamet, ‘Bodyguard’ actor Richard Madden and the forever fabulous Jeff Goldblum.
So with Travis Scott’s streetwear-heavy wardrobe and David Beckham’s ‘Peaky Blinders’-inspired closet also topping the charts – how did Charles secure a reigning spot in GQ‘s annual list?
The heir to the throne has undoubtedly had many an opportunity to showcase his style over the past year with two royal weddings, Prince Louis of Cambridge’s christening and his 70th birthday celebrations dominating the headlines.
With a penchant for smart suits and Sloanie countryside gear, the royal is certainly a cliché but it’s his thrifty nature that really earned him the recognition.
In what makes Kate and Meghan’s attempt at recycling previous looks seem half-hearted, their father-in-law has his suits regularly stitched and patched up – often revisiting clothes spanning decades.
According to Country Life magazine, he asks go-to tailors Anderson & Sheppard to keep leftover material so that his bespoke outfits can be given a new lease of life every few years.
Though it’s not the first time he’s proven that he isn’t one to follow trends, as his Royal Air Force uniform reportedly dates back to 1972 while he still wears a trusty pair of shoes he purchased back in 1971.