Princes William and Harry liked comfort food as kids. They loved any food that had banana like banana flan, banana ice cream. The royal brothers also loved mixed grills, burgers, pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and cream chicken sauce and were like any other normal kid of their age.
This was revealed by former royal chef Darren McGrady. The Chef, who has worked for Queen Elizabeth II for 11 years, also had the privilege to cook for Princess Diana and her kids William and Harry when they were growing up. McGrady recounted how Diana would get into a fight with her sons nanny due to her relaxed approach to their food and dinner time.
The chef said when the boys were home, Diana would regularly get into a “battle” with nanny, as the latter would be strict about dinner time and things that they should have. Diana, however, would say that if the boys were with her they could indulge in potato skin, fried chicken as well as pudding.
The chef has previously told in an interview with People in April 2015 that William and Harry loved jam roly-poly.
McGrady, who is the author of “Eating Royally,” spoke in an exclusive interview with Hello. “They could have chocolate, there weren’t special treats because if the boys were home, the Princess wanted to spoil them. She was into healthy eating so we never had beef on the menu, unless the boys were home, and it was always chicken, fish or stuffed vegetables,” said the chef.
When William and Harry were home, the trio would sit down for dinner at 6:30 p.m. McGrady recounted how the food would be put on the sideboard and they would go and help themselves, in contract to Buckingham Palace where they were served. Besides, when Diana was home alone, she would “eat at the kitchen table, at the dining room or she’d have a tray in front of the TV.”
However, when it came to Diana’s diet, she was very strict with her choice of food. McGrady recalled when he first started off with the royal she had asked him to take care of the fats. The chef said that Diana liked tomato mousse and so asked him to make her a fat-free version.
The chef said that the late princess did not like late nights and hence never hosted dinner parties and also avoided going to dinner parties at Buckingham Palace that went late into the night. McGrady added that Diana rather preferred to host lunches for her charity events. The princess was an early riser and woke up at six or seven in the morning, McGrady said.
Another reason for her not hosting dinner parties was the media would start paring her with men. McGrady remembered how he developed a natural bond with the late People’s Princess. He recounted at how she was in tears at times, other times she would vent out her anger about something and sometimes she would crack a dirty joke.
Talking about Harry and his Invictus Games, McGrady said that he would like to sit down for a chat with the 31-year-old and tell him about his mom. The chef gushed about Harry, his charity work and his affinity to kids. “We just need to find him a bride now!” said McGrady, who has partnered with The Savoy in London to create an afternoon tea in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. Darren will join guests at The Savoy’s Royal Afternoon Tea on June 11.
— The Royal Chef (@DarrenMcGrady) May 28, 2016