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Former Royal Chef Reveals What Princess Diana Ate Every Day

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Former Royal Chef Reveals What Princess Diana Ate Every Day

It involves chocolate.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to dine with Princess Diana, a former chef who served the royal family for nearly two decades is spilling the beans (get it?). As it turns out, the People’s Princess was hell-bent on avoiding red meat and carbs at all costs.

Darren McGrady, a Buckingham Palace cook who spent 11 years whipping up the Queen’s favorite mousse (she’s a total chocoholic, you know), and went on to work for Di after she split from Prince Charles, explains that she was quite a healthy eater.

“She’d tell me: ‘You take care of the fats, I’ll take care of the carbs at the gym,'” he shared with theDaily Mail.

Of course, Diana did let herself enjoy the occasional indulgence. Her weakness was bread and butter pudding. She apparently used to go into the kitchen whenever McGrady was prepping the treat so she could eat all the raisins off the top. She also loved stuffed peppers, but only let herself go all carnivore when she had guests. Like, for instance, when Clint Eastwood came to town and wanted roast lamb. Otherwise, it was basically a diet of soft-boiled potatoes tossed in egg whites and paprika and poached chicken.

Joyful mom and all around lovely-seeming person Diana didn’t let her healthy lifestyle stop her tots from eating their favorite childhood delicacies. Prince William and Harry adored comfort food, because they’re all of us.

‘The boys would love to eat things like shepherd’s pie and banana flan,” McGrady said. “They were royal Princes but they still had children’s palettes.”

If that sounds a little high-brow, they also devoured pizza, potato skins stuffed with mozzarella (yes, please!), and fish sticks.

Not to be a spoilsport, Diana even pretended that she was eating the same foods as her sons—even though her boiled chicken and poached potatoes were made in more dietetic (read: less fun) ways.

“We used to trick the boys,” McGrady recalled. “We used to feed them roast potatoes and roast chicken but take the skin off, so the boys thought they were eating the same thing.”

And for what it’s worth, Darren does not think the Queen employed a royal “food taster,” (ya know, to make sure no one was poisoning her).

“We’d make 150 salads and she’d pick just one,” he said. “So we had to make sure every one was perfect.” Or, maybe she’s just made 90 years of lucky choices.

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Princess Diana’s Longtime Bodyguard Reveals Who He Blames for Her Death

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Princess Diana’s Longtime Bodyguard Reveals Who He Blames for Her Death

Plus, the one rumor that hurt Diana the most during her life

It’s been nearly 20 years since Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris, a death that shook the world. And ever since that fateful night, conspiracy theories have swirled around what really happened. One man who was close to Diana for years is now blaming her security team for not intervening.

Ken Wharfe, who served as Diana’s royal protection officer for six years, resigned from the position in 1993. He now says if he and his team were working with the Princess in 1997, they may have been able to prevent her death. “On behalf of all the professional men and women of the Met’s protection squad, let me say that neither [bodyguard Trevor] Rees-Jones nor any of the other bodyguards who attended Diana in the two months preceding her death were from our department,” he writes in an excerpt of his updated memoirs, published by the Daily Mail. “I am still angry beyond words that this team of ‘bodyguards’ let her come to harm.”

A photo taken by Jacques Langevin on the night of August 31, 1997 shows Princess Diana (head turned away in backseat), her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones (L), and driver Henri Paul shortly before the fatal crash.

Rees-Jones was the sole survivor of the crash that killed Diana, Dodi Fayed, and driver Henri Paul. He had been appointed by the Fayed family to protect Diana during their trip to Paris, but Wharfe alleges he was never briefed by police and had a misunderstanding of the paparazzi as an “enemy” he could beat. Plus, because he was hired by the Fayeds, he was prevented from speaking against their wishes. (Diana had declined the Queen’s offer to have round-the-clock police protection, which Wharfe says led to the security issues in the first place.)

Wharfe alleges that Rees-Jones should have intervened when Fayed made risky decisions, like ordering Paul to drive although he had allegedly been drinking, and letting Fayed tell Paul to drive too fast to outpace photographers. He also says the security team should have called local Paris police for backup, and Rees-Jones should have insisted everyone in the car wear his or her seatbelt.

“I can say with certainty, drawing on decades of police experience, that Diana’s death was not murder but a dreadful accident that should have been avoided,” Wharfe wrote. “She was not the victim of shadowy figures who regarded her as an embarrassment to the Establishment, but of her boyfriend’s erratic behavior and her bodyguard’s mistakes.”

Princess Diana and Prince Harry in 1995.

Rees-Jones, for his part, has said under oath that he has no concrete memories of the car crash that killed Diana, because he suffered a head injury in the collision. He told a jury during an investigation that he had been unhappy with Fayed’s plans that night, but “went along with it.” He has also written a memoir about his time working with Diana after Dodi’s father, Mohamed, blamed him for the crash, but has not responded to Wharfe’s new claims.

According to Sky News, Wharfe’s book also reveals the one rumor that truly hurt Princess Diana: that Prince Harry’s biological father was not Prince Charles. Wharfe says that Diana did have an affair with James Hewitt, the man some rumors claim is Harry’s dad, but they were only an item after Harry was born. “A simple comparison of dates proves it is impossible for Hewitt to be Harry’s father. Only once did I ever discuss it with her, and Diana was in tears about it.”

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The First Commercial Asteroid Mining Could Start In Just Three Years

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The First Commercial Asteroid Mining Could Start In Just Three Years

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The Prospector 1 will rendezvous with a nearby asteroid and scout it for valuable materials. Image: Deep Space Industries

If Deep Space Industries has its way, there’ll be a small robotic lander on a nearby asteroid in just three years. That’s the latest phase of the California-based asteroid mining company’s plan to bring about an outer space real estate boom by creating a resource supply chain off Earth.

“Our thirty year goal is to build cities in space,” Deep Space Industries CEO Daniel Faber told Gizmodo. “You need a lot of raw materials from asteroids to enable that.”

Asteroid mining is still in its infancy—no would-be miners have managed to land on a space rock, much less harvest the water and metals locked away inside of it. But if a spate of recent announcements are any indicator, Deep Space Industries is hoping to lead the charge. Earlier this year, the companyunveiled Prospector X, a tiny robotic spacecraft that’ll sit in low Earth orbit testing technologies for future asteroid prospecting missions, includingwater-powered propulsion and optical navigation systems. That spacecraft is on track to launch in late 2017.

Shortly thereafter, the company intends to ship off the very first asteroid-bound Prospector 1. This vehicle—just 50 kilograms when fueled up—will hitch a ride into low Earth orbit before pointing itself at a target, firing up the water-powered thrusters, and setting sail for riches and glory.

“We’ll begin to survey [the asteroid] from a long way away, getting an idea of the shape,” Faber said. “As we move closer and get higher quality spectral data, we’ll start to understand where on the surface are the best places to find resources.”

“In the last phase, we have to touch the surface of the asteroid,” he continued. “We need to understand the properties of the rocks—how hard they’re going to be to mine.”

Landing on an asteroid also allows Deep Space Industries to lay claim to its resources—sort of. While no company, government or individual can own a celestial body under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, in principle, companies shouldn’t interfere with each others’ space-based activities, Faber said.

We’ll see how that plays out. There could be a several year gap between the arrival of the first Prospector 1s and the first actual mining gear— aharvesting spacecraft that will tug the asteroid to a processing facility. If a competitor meanwhile decides it wants to harvest the exact same rock, things could get very interesting.

Artist’s concept of a harvester spacecraft, which will tug a promising asteroid to a space-based processing facility. Image: Deep Space Industries

One new piece of legislation that clearly works in Deep Space Industries’ favor is the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, which grants companies legal ownership over any resources they’re able to mine in space. In other words, if you harvest it, it’s yours.

Deep Space Industries hasn’t chosen a target for its first prospecting mission. “We have a list of targets, but we haven’t picked a specific one yet,” Faber said. “We’d like to send prospectors to a bunch of them.”

The ideal space rock will be rich in water, which can be used to make rocket fuel, volatiles like CO2 and methane, and useful metals. As Deep Space Industries told me several months back, the point is not to sell these resources back on Earth, but to create a space-based supply chain so that others can start building in and beyond orbit at a lower price point. It currently costs thousands of dollars to send a kilo of material into space, vastly restricting what can be done up there.

For instance if you want to build cities, you’re going to need much more air, metal, and water than can affordably be shipped from the ground—even with Elon Musk’s reusable rockets. “All of the high tech stuff, like computers, won’t be made in space for a long time,” Faber said. “Our goal is to complement that.”