PRINCESS Diana’s favourite jumper is set to fetch £4,000 when it goes under the hammer soon.
The Virgin airline gym sweatshirt was a gift from billionaire pal Sir Richard Branson and features the iconic ‘Flying Lady’ logo.
According to RR Auction, the item of clothing was later gifted to her personal trainer Jenni Rivett.
The item’s description reads: “Princess Diana’s Virgin Atlantic sweatshirt given to her by business magnate Richard Branson, which Diana later presented to her longtime personal trainer, Jenni Rivett.
“The dark blue cotton/polyester sweatshirt, no size but likely medium/large, features a screen-printed image of the Virgin Atlantic ‘Flying Lady’ logo.”
Included with the sweatshirt is a small gift tag from Princess Diana, which reads: “Dearest Jenni, Lots of love from, Diana, x.”
Jenni Rivett, served as the personal trainer to Princess Diana for over seven years and in an interview revealed why she always wore the same workout outfit in public.
She told Yahoo!: “Every single session all the media were outside camped with their stepladders, and cameras and lenses and everything.
“For her she just found it so incredible, ‘why are they so interested in me when there is more important things to worry about in the world?’
“It wasn’t her that asked for all this. I remember one of her strategies was that she was going to wear the same Virgin Active sweatshirt every single session.”
This statement is backed up with a letter of provenance from Rivett, which reads: “This sweatshirt was given to HRH by Sir Richard Branson. It became her most worn top on her regular visits to the gym.
“She felt there were far more important issues to focus on in the world then her gym attire and therefore decided that wearing the famous Virgin sweatshirt to every session, would be a good way to stop the media frenzy!
“A few months before her untimely death she called me to say she had left a few sweatshirts for me. Amongst them, this one—which I have now decided to part with.”
The item, which was expected to reach about £4,000 at RR Auction in Boston, US, is already on £4,300 and will end on Wednesday 10 July.
Jenni’s note revealed why Princess Diana wore the jumper so much and that it was gifted to her by Sir Richard Branson[/caption]
The handwritten note also revealed the jumper had never been washed[/caption]
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