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Prince Charles launches luxury fashion collection - with an incredible story behind it

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are sure to love it…

Fiona Ward

The Prince of Wales has been a style icon in his own right throughout his royal career - from his tailored safari suits to slogan sweaters and his favourite Ray-Ban sunglasses.

But he still managed to surprise us with the announcement that he's teamed up with luxury retailer Net-a-Porter to launch a fashion collection - which, made with entirely sustainable materials, is the result of a training programme championed by The Prince's Foundation.

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The 'YOOX NET-A-PORTER for The Prince's Foundation' collection gave students - or 'Modern Artisans' - from the UK and Italy first-hand training in the skills needed to bring a collection to market, launching online on 12 November.

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WATCH: Prince Charles talks about the new collection

By blending modern technology with artisan techniques such as ruching, weaving and hand smocking, sustainability is at the heart of the collection - a cause that Prince Charles is hugely passionate about.

The landmark collection was designed by Italian students at the Politecnico di Milano, and made at Dumfries house by British trainees.

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Prince Charles and YOOX NET-A-PORTER Chairman and CEO Federico Marchetti with six of the Modern Artisans 

The result is a collection that is both chic and timeless - with styles that we could see Charles' daughters-in-law Meghan and Kate stepping out in. 

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One of the British students, Tracey Whalen, told HELLO!: "Working here on the estate and with such beautiful fabrics has been like a fairytale. 

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Duchesses Meghan and Kate would love this camel coat! £1,295, Net-a-Porter

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"The Modern Artisan project has been the ideal opportunity for me to hone my skills, learn to work as part of an international team and experience the beginning-to-end process of designing and making a sustainable, luxury collection."

One key piece is the double-breasted merino wool and cashmere camel coat, £1,295, and the Prince of Wales checked cashmere trouser suit, £1,990, which was no doubt a hit with His Royal Highness. 

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We can see Duchess Kate in this organic silk blouse, £635, Net-a-Porter

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A half percentage of all sales will go to The Prince's Foundation, while each piece also comes with a digital ID that tells the story behind the product - from the artisans who designed and made it to the materials used and their sustainability credentials. 

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Merino wool culottes, £695, Net-a-Porter

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The Prince told The Telegraph of his own approach to fashion: "For me, I have always tried to use my own wardrobe to highlight great craftsmanship, whether that is in the manufacture or, more often these days, the repair of an item. I have always believed in the 'Buy once, buy well' philosophy, so the more I wear them, the more sustainable I hope I become!"

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