How Princess Diana’s Philadelphia Eagles Jacket Became a Royal Favorite

Following the Philadelphia Eagles’ 38-7 victory over the New York Giants on Saturday evening, they start preparations to face the San Francisco 49ers this upcoming weekend, in what marks the ultimate step to the Super Bowl.

Though the Eagles could depend A-List actors resembling Bradley Cooper, Will Smith and Kevin Hart amongst their followers, one of many workforce’s most well-known previous supporters comes from a unique realm of celeb altogether—the British monarchy.

Princess Diana was well-known to have an affinity with the U.S, with stories across the time of her 1997 loss of life on the age of 36 suggesting she was even contemplating relocating to California. Some years previous to this she made headlines for adopting a brand new favourite style accent, a Philadelphia Eagles jacket, full with enlarged eagle emblem.

Here, Newsweek appears at how Princess Diana acquired her well-known Eagles Jacket and the place she preferred to put on it most.

Princess Diana photographed in Washington June 17, 1997. And (inset) sporting her Philadelphia Eagles jacket, January 1991. The princess was gifted the Eagles jacket after an opportunity assembly at Grace Kelly’s funeral.
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How Did Princess Diana Get Her Eagles Jacket?

Though Princess Diana visited the U.S. a number of instances after her marriage to Prince Charles, and more and more since their separation in 1992 and divorce in 1996, she by no means visited Philadelphia, or watched an Eagles sport in one other state.

Her connection to the workforce got here via the late Philadelphia Eagles statistician Jack Edelstein who met the royal in Monaco, on the 1982 funeral of Grace Kelly.

Edelstein was a buddy of Kelly’s brother and instructed The Philadelphia Inquirer after her loss of life that he discovered Diana to be a “very warm person, very sweet, very kind.”

During the funeral, the princess instructed Edelstein that she thought “football was like soccer,” and he or she requested “what are your colours?”

“I told her, ‘green and silver,’” Edelstein recounted. “She said: ‘Those are my favorite colors.”

The statistician went again to the States and ready a bundle of Eagles merchandise to ship to the royal, together with an elaborate customized bomber jacket, with the workforce’s emblem on the again.

“We also sent her a beautiful Eagles jacket, made for her,” Edelstein instructed the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1997. “It was Leonard Tose’s [team owner at the time] idea. He never went second class.”

“She sent me a very nice note about how she’d been wearing them around. Some of the sportswriters told me she’d been photographed in an Eagles jacket with the Eagles insignia on it, a silver insignia with an eagle on it. That’s the one we sent her.”

NBC Sports quoted Ray Didinger, writer of The Eagles Encyclopedia, as saying in 2018 that the princess “wore it a lot actually. There was a photo of her wearing it taken and it wound up on the cover of People magazine. It totally came out of the blue.”

“That Eagles jacket became a very hot fashion item. Not just in Philadelphia but all over the place.”

Princess Diana Philadelphia Eagles Jacket
Princess Diana photographed at Wetherby School in London, January 1991 sporting her Philadelphia Eagles jacket.
Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Where Did Princess Diana Wear Her Eagles Jacket?

Though the princess owned her Eagles jacket for a variety of years, there aren’t any recognized images of her sporting it whereas within the U.S.

The jacket made two key public appearances, as soon as in 1991 whereas the royal was dropping Prince Harry off for a day at Wetherby School in London.

Photographers captured the princess’ picture as she ran out and in of the college, sporting the unmistakable jacket with a pared down skirt and shirt.

The second look noticed Diana put on it for an off-duty journey to Alton Towers theme park in England with Prince Harry and Prince William.

The journey happened in April 1994, simply three years earlier than her loss of life.

The whereabouts of Diana’s Eagles jacket right this moment is unknown. If the princess didn’t get rid of it earlier than her loss of life it’s going to have been inherited by William and Harry.

James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek’s royal reporter primarily based in London. You can discover him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and browse his tales on Newsweek’s The Royals Facebook web page.

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