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'You take care of the fat, I'll take care of the carbs' - Royal chef reveals what Princess Diana ate every day

Sasha Brady

Published 21/04/2016 | 12:28

Princess Diana
Princess Diana
Princess Diana(L) and her son Harry(R) watch veterans as they march past a dais on the Mall as part of the commemorations of VJ Day 19 August.
Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the piano in Kensington Palace
Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, wears a two tone halter dress when she attends a Placedo Domingo concert in 1992. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
The late Princess Diana

Chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the British royal family for 15 years, reveals what Princess Diana ate every day.

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He claims that the Princess of Wales tried her best to avoid red meat and stick to a low-carbohydrate diet.

The former royal chef worked for the Queen at Buckingham Palace for 11 years and then went on to work for Diana at Kensington Palace, following her separation from Prince Charles in 1993.

"She'd tell me, 'You take care of the fats and I'll take care of the carbohydrates'," he told the Daily Mail Online.

Blue blood: Rebel Princess Diana.
Blue blood: Rebel Princess Diana.

He said that Diana was, for the most part, an extremely healthy eater.

However, the style icon famously battled bulimia in her twenties and thirties and was a passionate spokesperson for eating disorders.

McGrady claims she loved eating stuffed peppers and would treat herself to red meat when famous guests visited for dinner.

He recalled Diana putting in a special request for roast lamb when Clint Eastwood was invited to dine at the palace one evening. Otherwise, it was basically a diet of soft-boiled potatoes tossed in egg whites and paprika and poached chicken.

Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the piano in Kensington Palace
Diana, Princess of Wales with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, at the piano in Kensington Palace

The People's Princess did have a sweet tooth and couldn't resist bread and butter pudding. She apparently used to sneak into the kitchen when McGrady was prepping her favourite dessert so she could eat all the raisins off the top.

When it came to her son's eating habits, the royal mother was much more relaxed and allowed them to indulge in 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 palettes." 

He said the boys also loved pizza, potato skins stuffed with mozzarella, and fish sticks.

Princess Diana(L) and her son Harry(R) watch veterans as they march past a dais on the Mall as part of the commemorations of VJ Day 19 August.
Princess Diana(L) and her son Harry(R) watch veterans as they march past a dais on the Mall as part of the commemorations of VJ Day 19 August.

Diana even used to pretend that she was eating the same food as her sons.

"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."

He also said he does not think the Queen employed a royal "food taster".

"We'd make 150 salads and she'd pick just one," he said. "So we had to make sure every one was perfect."

The late Princess Diana
The late Princess Diana

He added: "For the most part we absolutely adored the Queen, so we wanted to do whatever we could to make her day a bit easier.

"They were very happy days, I've got some very happy memories."

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