Mitchell & Ness Releases Philadelphia Eagles Varsity Jacket Inspired by Princess Diana

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Sportswear brand Mitchell & Ness is recreating the Philadelphia Eagles varsity jacket that Princess Diana wore through the ’80s and ’90s, including on the cover of People magazine.

Princess Diana‘s Eagles jacket has become one of the most recognizable NFL jackets worldwide.

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In 1982, the late Philadelphia Eagles statistician Jack Edelstein met Princess Diana at the funeral of Princess Grace of Monaco. During the reception, the two were conversing, and the topic of American football came up.

Mitchell & Ness’ recreation of <a href="https://wwd.com/pop-culture/culture-news/netflix-the-crown-final-season-two-parts-1235869844/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Princess Diana;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Princess Diana</a>’s Philadelphia Eagles varsity jacket
Mitchell & Ness’ recreation of Princess Diana’s Philadelphia Eagles varsity jacket

“She thought football was like soccer,” Edelstein said to “Philadelphia Daily News” after Diana passed away in 1997. “She asked, ‘What are your colors?’ I said, ‘Green and silver.’ She said, ‘Those are my favorite colors.’“

Picture From File:Diana, The Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry At Alton Towers Theme Park. . (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Diana, the Princess of Wales, at Alton Towers Theme Park

Edelstein promised to send Princess Diana some Philadelphia Eagles T-shirts, but the team’s then-owner, Leonard Tose, thought a varsity jacket was more elevated and fitting. She was photographed wearing the jacket on numerous occasions, including on a trip to Alton Towers Theme Park and once to drop off her son, Prince Harry, at Wetherby Prep School in 1991.

Diana, Princess of Wales  (1961 - 1997) wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jacket to drop off her son Prince Harry at Wetherby School in London, January 1991. Prince William (left) is leaving with her, accompanied by a friend. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jacket to drop off her son Prince Harry at Wetherby School in London in January 1991. Prince William (left) is leaving with her, accompanied by a friend.

The Mitchell & Ness jacket recreation features an oversize, vintage fit, and will be sold for $400 starting Thursday at the Mitchell & Ness flagship store, mitchelleandness.com, fanatics.com and select retailers.

Princess Diana’s Eagles jacket recently got the star treatment with its own special on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” where Diana’a former bodyguard Ken Wharfe, talked about the jacket and Diana’s personal style.

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