For nine years starting in 1982, Darren McGrady served as a personal chef to the British royal family. There’s no one better, then, to dish up the secrets on a side to the Windsors many never get to see: their eating habits. At Buckingham Palace in London, dining is a highly formal affair. At Balmoral in Scotland, however, things are entirely more relaxed. Nevertheless some royal routines are downright bizarre.
While Princess Diana appeared to eat the same as everyone else, she was hiding a dark secret. The princess asked McGrady to cut out all fats and red meat. But what nobody had known was that she was also concealing her bulimia. However, once she had addressed her issues, she loved nothing more than fish, and stuffed eggplant and bell peppers.
The Queen is obviously the pillar of sophistication. Therefore she will always use a knife and fork to eat – and that includes the humble banana. She’ll lop off the fruit’s top and tail, slice the skin and carefully remove the peel to reveal the flesh. Then she’ll slice it into discs and devour each one with a fork.
The Queen chooses her meals from a specially prepared menu days in advance. But there was one thing that never appeared among the selections, and that was garlic. As McGrady revealed to women’s lifestyle magazine, Stylist, in 2017, “The Queen would never have garlic on the menu. She hated the smell of it, she hated the taste of it.”
Like many kids, the young princes William and Harry loved McDonald’s. As McGrady explained, “I remember [Princess Diana] came into the kitchen one day and said, ‘Cancel lunch for the boys, I’m taking them out, we’re going to McDonald’s.’” It seems the princes couldn’t resist the lure of the Happy Meal’s free toy. They also loved pizza and potato skins.