Have you perhaps wondered what it would be like to dine with the late Princess Diana? A chef who served the royal family for almost 20 years has decided to shed some light on the late Princess’ diet.
Darren McGrady is a Buckingham Palace cook, who spent 11 years cooking up the Queen’s favorite mousse, and later on went to work for the Princess of The People after she and Prince Charles split up.
Darren explains that Diana was actually 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 the Daily Mail.
Like any sane person though, Diana would occasionally let herself indulge in a treat or two. The standout treat for her was bread and butter pudding. Darren says that she would walk in the kitchen while he was preparing it just to eat all the raisins from the top. She was also a big fan of stuffed peppers, and only allowed herself to consume the meats when she had special guests over, like for example when Clint Eastwood requested roast lamb when he came to the UK.
Darren also says that he would normally prepare soft-boiled potatoes, which he would toss in egg whites and paprika, along with poached chicken. This was essentially the staple meal of Di’s diet.
Of course, being the joyful mom that Diana was, she didn’t let her lifestyle stop her children from eating their favorite foods. Prince William and Harry (who would have been 11 and 9 when Darren was still working for the Princess) really enjoyed comfort food.
‘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 palates.”
If those foods perhaps don’t really ring a bell, the two also loved pizza, mozzarella stuffed potato skins and fish sticks.
Diana would also eat the same food as her children, but it would be prepared a bit more healthy, so that she can still be faithful to her diet without being a spoilsport to her children.
“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.