Princess Diana’s ex-South African trainer puts a famous sweatshirt on auction sale to sponsor a Malawian
The famous Princess Diana’s beloved workout sweatshirt, which she wore three times a week, is now being auctioned to the highest bidder.
The dark blue cotton pullover sweatshirt was a gift from billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and is expected to fetch more than $5,000 (about R71 013) during the online auctioning.
According to report, the garment, which had the Virgin logo boldly displayed along with the words “Fly Atlantic” is being sold by Princess Di’s personal trainer, Jenni Rivett, via a Boston-based PR Auction.
Jenni who is a South African expat living in the UK, worked with the princess between 1990 to 1997. She said that Diana always wore the same sweatshirt almost every day when they met to work out.
“She was growing tired of the media speculating about her clothes when there were more important things happening around the world,” she said.
“Obviously, she was the most photographed woman in the world around that time and photographers would wait outside of the place where we trained so she would purposefully wear the same outfit to fend off being photographed.”
Before Princess Di passed away in 1997, she gave the blue sweatshirt to Jenni as a gift.
According to the report, the proceeds from the sale will all go to a family from Malawi to help a little girl get back to school.
When asked on how the Princess would feel if alive, she said: “The princess would definitely approve the sale if she were still alive.”
“Crisis in Africa was always very close to her heart during her days.”
The fitness guru revealed that Diana’s fitness program was usually a mixture of strength training and cardiovascular exercise.
“She was very committed and focused to her exercise regime,” she added.
Jenni reminisced Princess Diana as being “an absolute bundle of fun always cheering everyone up with her humorous stories.”