Here's what the Royal Family actually eat in a single day
I know you'd all be really excited to have dinner with the Royal Family, and in theory it sounds like a great time. But for me, I don't know if I could handle the pressure of sitting down to have a meal with literal queens, princes and princesses. You'd have to obey every single law in the etiquette book, watch your words, and even then there's certain foods you're straight up not allowed to eat.
But what would be on the menu at a Royal Family dinner? While only a select few will get to enjoy a meal with the Queen, Meghan Markle and the rest of the gang, the vast majority of us are going to have to make do with this list, where we'll go through the eating habits of all your favourite royals. Tally ho!
1. Meghan Markle her loves some wine
Let's start with the newest member of the Royal Family, Meghan Markle, who you may recognise from the law drama Suits. The first thing you should know is that Meghan loves a nice glass of wine. Don't we all? Before Prince Harry came along and swept her off her feet, Meghan revealed that wine was the biggest love in her life. "French fries and vino are my vices," she revealed, so you get the feeling she'd be the most fun to have food with in the Royal Family. "In the summer, though, when I'm out with my friends, it's rosé all day."
2. Meghan's also big on healthy eating
French fries aren't exactly health food I know, but when Meghan wants to stay on top of things, she stays on top of things. First thing in the morning, Meghan Markle has herself some lemon water, but it's only the start of her healthy day. As you might know, Meghan is an advocate of the vegan diet, and in her Suits days she was partial to a salad with some protein, plus a snack of apples and almond butter. Maybe a green juice if she's feeling it.
3. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall
According to her son Tom Parker Bowles, if you happened to have a curry with the Royal Family, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are unlikely to be in attendance. You might have heard that Meghan Markle isn't allowed to eat garlic much any more, but Camila definitely didn't get the memo; "I like chili and spice and garlic and [Charles and Camilla] come from a generation where they don't really like chili." Bowles recently revealed at the US launch of Fortnum & Mason: The Cook Book in New York. Tom also says that Camila loves her scrambled eggs. "My mum is a very good cook, but my stepdad and my mum have a lot of very good chefs."
4. Kate Middleton is definitely more of a dinner kind of girl
Ah, Kate Middleton. We remember the days when you were the belle of this particular Royal Ball, back in 2011 when you married Prince William. Now, three children later (but you wouldn't know it by looking at her), if you were to sit down with Kate, the way you'd probably go about it by agreeing to have dinner. Kate loves her a good curry just as much as she loves cooking for other people, but if you showed up around the holidays, she may plump instead for one of those traditional family recipes.
5. Kate Middleton changed tack to shed her pregnancy weight
Shortly after giving birth to Princess Charlotte, Kate Middleton switched things up. Although she did love her home cooking, she needed to lose weight effectively, so she switched to a fruit and vegetable-based routine. This often meant ceviche, goji berries, gazpacho, watermelon salad, almond milk and tabbouleh. She also adopted a strict diet before her wedding to Prince William, however, which was more of a high-protein, low carb affair.
6. The Queen has a regular eating schedule
If you were to have breakfast with the Queen, it's going to be a pretty regimented affair: Her Majesty only likes a select few things, but when she likes something, she likes something. Let's start with breakfast, where the Queen will always start her day (always!) with a cup of tea and some biscuits. If she's looking for a big breakfast, then toast and marmalade's on the menu, along with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and just a little bit of grated truffle. Brown eggs only - the Queen believes they taste better, and who are we to disagree?
7. Her Majesty also has a few drinks to get her through the day
I don't know about you, but I'd imagine that all that Queenin' must be really stressful, and the Queen and I like to alleviate stress in a very similar fashion: with a couple of alcoholic beverages. She likes to have her first of the day just before lunch (while I usually wait until after work and pound as many as possible). Then, she'll have some veggies and fish for lunch. She'll have the same thing for dinner, usually with a martini to send her to bed. No carbs, though. She's got greater willpower than me, that's for sure.
8. Prince Philip is the most adventurous eater in the family
By far and away the most eccentric of the Royal Family (and therefore my favourite), you can imagine Prince Philip to have quite a few don'ts when it comes to what you can put on his plate. But in fact, in reality, he's actually very willing to try new things. But former royal chef Darren McGrady reveals that this doesn't apply when everything's organic:
"We always used to get a hamper [full of food and treats] from Harrods — a thank you gift for shopping with them. Prince Philip came into the kitchen and there were two hampers. He said, 'Oh, is this a Harrods hamper?' I said, 'No, your highness, this is a hamper the Prince of Wales brought with him.' He looked puzzled so I opened it up and I said, 'It's all organic.' And he said, 'Oh, bloody organic!' And just shook his head and walked out."
Well, while you may never get to have dinner with the Royal Family, with this definitive list, you'll hopefully be able to put the pieces together in your mind. That way, the dinner can be as good as your imagination allows it to be, free from the burdens of reality.