Prince Charles Joked That Keeping Fit Is Difficult

Prince Charles paid a visit to his longtime shirt maker in Gloucester, and the 71-year-old royal couldn't help but crack a joke when it came to his measurements.

For his solo visit, the Queen's eldest son went to Emma Willis' workshop for a tour where he also met with injured service personnel who received sponsorships from Style for Soldiers, the company's charity.


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HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Emma Willis house of shirt making today, at their 18th century Gloucester townhouse. HRH met every member of staff; cutters, seamstresses and pattern makers including those who had trained under the company's Conde Nast Sewing Scholarship set up by Emma and Conde Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse, an earning and learning project teaching young people to sew, creating rewarding jobs and vital to the future of our fashion industry. The graduates introduced included 20 year old Casey Taylor who recently relocated from the North of England and she fought back tears as she bravely explained how the poverty and lack of jobs in their area drove many to suicide, including her father. Casey was introduced to Emma by her uncle, former serviceman Simon Taylor who met Emma at the Military Rehabilitation Hospital she visited for 10 years, gifting smart clothing to the patients to help them with new lives post injury and medical discharge from the Forces. Syrian refugees Nareen Hussain and Ibrahim Khalil had long conversations with His Royal Highness about their lives and work in Syria and Emma explained how their exceptional skills and work ethic had benefited the company. His Royal Highness expressed great sympathy and congratulated them on their skills. Finally Emma introduced their charity Style for Soldiers' Ambassador Andy Reid MBE and soldier artists Dougie Adams and Karl Tearney who the charity sponsors, both of whom have launched new careers while continuing the psychological healing process post trauma through creativity. His Royal Highness was deeply impressed by their work and they were moved by his understanding. The sun shone through the windows of the beautiful 18th century townhouse as His Royal Highness, thoughtfully wearing one of his Emma Wills shirts, departed after a visit which brought great joy to everyone in the business.

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The workshop has supplied Prince Charles with shirts for many years, and when they gifted him with a brand new garment, a quip about his "struggle" to maintain the same size soon followed, as Prince Charles reportedly joked:

“Very kind of you — you’ve got my measurements. I struggle to keep them the same, a never-ending battle.”

Apart from meeting with the sponsored service personnel, Prince Charles toured through the factory's floor and cutting room, and thanked them for the "wonderful things" they do besides making "fantastic" garments.


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In Gloucester today, The Prince of Wales toured the @emmawillislondon workshop. The workshop maintains traditional methods of shirt making and hand cutting, whilst introducing local young people to the industry through employment and training. The company works with local charities in Gloucester to help support people in need through employment. In the cutting room, His Royal Highness today met two of the company’s cutters, Nareen Hussain and Ibrahim Khalil, who are both Syrian refugees. Later, in the sewing room, The Prince met @condenast Sewing Scholars. 🧵 The programme offers local young people, who are unable to go to university a five-year placement at Emma’s factory to learn key sewing skills. In 2008, Emma started @styleforsoldiers, a charity providing complimentary smart clothing and bespoke walking sticks for injured service men and women. His Royal Highness this afternoon met staff and injured service personnel sponsored by the charity, and viewed pieces of artwork that were included in the ‘Art in the Aftermath’ exhibition. 🎨 The exhibition was on display in 2018 and featured painting, poetry, film, and sculpture by injured service personnel recovering through the creative process from the trauma of war. . 📸 PA / Clarence House

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Since 2008, Emma Willis made bespoke shirts for injured service members, as she realized their need for proper fitting clothes to wear for formal occasions and job interviews. In recognition for all the workshop does, Prince Charles added:

"But everything you do for our armed forces and all those who had the horror of being wounded, it is a wonderful thing you do.”

Emma measured Prince Charles at Clarence House for the first time six years ago. She's been making shirts for him since then, as he reportedly "loves" soft fabrics, and one of their specialties is working with "very fine Swiss cotton."


Fashionably conscious about sustainable innovation, Prince Charles also appreciates eco-conscious designs. Therefore, the 71-year-old royal decided upon another collaboration with Vin + Omi, a British fashion brand.

Their double appearance in Leicestershire shook things up.

Last year, the award-winning designers collected over 3000 nettle plants for their Spring/Summer 2020 collection from his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire.

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Happy New Year from Studio VIN + OMI. - Some more looks from our SS20 sustainable eco only collection: Garments made from our home grown organic eco flax, latex from our eco sustainable, ethnically run latex plantation, recycled denim, rPET made from Daler Rowney used paint tubes and ocean salvaged plastic from our VIN + OMI clean up schemes, organic fleece from no-kill pet alpaca and our new nettle fabric made from waste nettles from Prince Charles's Highgrove estate First model musician and model @emmabbthatsme Issy @izzyfallshawmodelling Broadcaster and model @juditadasilva @cozmoprincess @backindacloud @museonthemoon Olympian @manchestersledgod @ewr_x @solwayhowie @jodireidmodel Thank you to our partners : hosts @thesavoylondon @oceanoutdoor @daler_rowney @patchstrips @jagermeisteruk @thesilkbureau @avedauk Sponsors : Film @ambanja_films Product : @floralstreet @eatrealsnacks @aquapax_official @remedydrinks @Drjacksonuk @clarencehouse @lcflondon_ @nakednecessitiesshop @jakorganics @tenzing @senserspirits @vesta_living @oxfordbrookesfad @michelle.strain @beacarmicjael13 @kikasnailart #vinandomi #savoylondon#princecharles #ss20#sustainablefashion #eco #nettles fashion #catwalk

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This year, Prince Charles donated wood chippings, horsehair clippings, and various plants, including nettles, willow, ash, and hydrangeas for their show during London Fashion Week.


Prince Charles' lighthearted quip at Emma Willis' workshop came shortly after another funny exchange between him and his son Prince William.

Earlier this month, father-and-son, along with their other halves, Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles, visited a rehabilitation center in Leicestershire.

While only one or two members of the royal family usually attend their engagements, their double appearance in Leicestershire shook things up. 

Prince William reportedly joked that all four of them together is a "nightmare," but with Prince Charles not far behind, he humorously agreed that there are "too many" of them.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit from their royal duties reportedly didn't sit well with Prince Charles

Meghan Markle talks with Prince Charles at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth day service on March 11, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.

Meghan Markle talks with Prince Charles at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth day service on March 11, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.

When the young royal couple announced the news in January, Prince Charles was apparently "livid," as he always saw himself working with both his sons Princes William and Harry.

While Prince Charles reportedly blamed Meghan for the royal exit, he and Queen Elizabeth II will support their decision nonetheless.

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