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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