Princess Charlene of Monaco channels Barbie in waist-cinching gingham suit

In this week's episode, we're decoding Prince Harry's latest solo visit to the UK for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games. The lack of family support didn't go unnoticed and we delve into why this has happened. We also talk about Harry's upcoming trip with his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, to Nigeria and reveal why their kids have not accompanied them. We delve deep into this with podcast favourite, ITV News's royal editor, Chris Ship.

Princess Charlene of Monaco had one of her most superb sartorial moments on the steps of the Élysée Palace in Paris on Wednesday.

Proving her penchant for tailoring, the Monégasque royal looked smart and sophisticated wearing a striking pastel pink trouser suit. She stepped out in support of her husband, Prince Albert of Monaco, who was honoured with Commander of Agricultural Merit by President Emmanual Macron.

Princess Charlene couldn't have looked more radiant as she rocked a fitted, waist-cinching blazer and wide-leg trousers rendered from a bushed pink gingham. The double-breasted blazer accentuated her feminine silhouette, while her oversized trousers added a modern feel to her refined aesthetic.

Princess Charlene wears a pink suit next to her husband Prince Albert, their children Jacques and Gabriella, and President Emmanuel Macron
Prince Albert II was presented the badges of Commander of Agricultural Merit by the President of the French Republic, M. Emmanuel Macron. (Eric Mathon / @palaisprincierdemonaco)

The South African-born royal added a crisp white shirt beneath her playful suit, looking like a royal Barbie in the kitsch ensemble. The royal swept her signature blonde pixie cut into a chic side parting, adding a glowy makeup combo of a dewy foundation, warm rosy blush and hydrating lip gloss.


"Princess Charlene is gorgeous in this outfit," penned a royal fan in the comments of the official Palais Princier de Monaco Instagram post. "Beautiful Princess Charlene! This suit fits her perfectly." 

Princess Charlene shone in her pink gingham suit
Princess Charlene shone in her pink gingham suit (Eric Mathon / @palaisprincierdemonaco)

The Prince and Princess also celebrated the milestone occasion with their twin children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, nine, who looked equally smart as she joined their parents on the steps of the iconic French building.

Princess Charlene's mini-me, Gabriella, looked angelic in a snow-white coat layered over a tulle dress. The young royal wore tan-coloured ballet flats and wore her caramel-hued hair in a neat ballerina bun.

Royals in gingham

Princess Charlene may be the queen of rocking bold style choices, but she's not the first to bring gingham into the royal spotlight.

Sophie in fascinator and pink check dress talking in garden
Sophie styled the Suzannah London dress with a white bag (Getty)

Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, memorably wore a playful pink dress to King Charles' garden party at Buckingham Palace in 2023.

Princess Kate visiting the mentoring programme of the XLP project London Wall
Princess Kate rocked gingha to visit the mentoring programme of the XLP project London Wall (Getty)

The Princess of Wales delighted in cherry red checks in 2012.

The Princess of Wales visiting Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Princess of Wales visiting Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Getty)

Ten years later, she struck sartorial gold with a gingham pencil dress to visit Harvard University in 2022.