Feeding one of the world's most important families must be a stressful job, especially because they're all very picky eaters.
Darren McGrady was the Royal Family's private chef between 1982 and 1993, and in that time he learned a lot about the royals just from their eating habits. And if "you are what you eat," then it's no wonder Her Royal Highness is so healthy at 91-years-old.
Despite the huge banquets you'll spot the Queen attending, when she dines alone she's much stricter about her diet. McGrady reports that she mostly eats some grilled fish with vegetables, and rarely enjoys anything with carbs. "The Queen's not really bothered about food," McGrady says. "All she cares about are horses and dogs."
Prince Philip goes in for healthy eating too, maybe because of his time in the Navy. And as for Prince Charles, McGrady reveals he was "organic before organic was even invented."
But while their everyday diet is impressive, McGrady shares the Royal Family's weakness: chocolate. "The Queen is a chocoholic," he explains, "so anything we put on the menu the Queen would pass, if it had chocolate in it.”
That includes chocolate cake with her afternoon tea. But McGrady says despite what you've read, the Queen doesn't do much day drinking. "She'd be pickled if she drank that much."
Meanwhile, the young princes are just as picky about what they like to eat.
it seems William and Harry have a sweet tooth just like their grandparents.
McGrady remembers making peanut butter and jelly muffins for "the boys" when they were young, and of course William picked out a chocolate fudge and biscuit cake for his wedding reception.
Both of the princes also enjoy traditional British fare, including cottage pies, fish cakes, and poached chicken. Expect to see at least one of those dishes at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, because Will and Kate's reception featured fish cakes and Yorkshire pudding.
When it comes to cooking for Prince Harry, McGrady warns that Markle has her work cut out for her. The prince is supposedly much pickier than his brother, especially when it comes to breakfast. As a child, Harry was obsessed with the kind of bacon he ate on a trip to Walt Disney World, which was "so crisp you could snap it." That meant broiling it, then cooking it in the microwave.
And McGrady isn't surprised that Harry popped the question to his new fiance over Ina Garten's roast chicken recipe. He says roast chicken was a favorite meal for the boys, especially with roast potatoes.
Even Princess Diana was very demanding about her diet. While the princess was recovering from bulimia, she requested a nutritious but fat-free diet, and McGrady had to modify most of her meals to suit her needs.
"Darren you take care of the fats," she told him, "I’ll take care of the carbs at the gym.”
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