Has the Queen actually banned Meghan Markle from eating a particular food item? According to Food & Wine, Queen Elizabeth has allegedly made it clear that there is one food that Meghan should avoid while traveling, and that is…garlic.

The Queen apparently dislikes garlic and onions, but that’s not the reason for the ban. As we all know, garlic breath is one of the crosses to bear when we’ve eaten garlic. If Meghan is going on Royal visits or making public appearances, the last thing she would want is to smell of eau de garlic every time she went to speak to someone!

For those of us who love our alliums, here are a few garlicky facts:

1. There are more than 450 different varieties of garlic.

2. Garlic is one of the oldest food flavorings in the world, with archaeological records showing that the plant was used in Neolithic times – more than 7,000 years ago.

3. Yes, garlic phobia is an actual thing! The scientific term for fear of garlic is ‘alliumphobia’.

4. The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.

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5. In ancient Greece, wedding bouquets were made of garlic and other herbs, instead of flowers.

6. Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun was buried with six bulbs of garlic to keep him going in the afterlife. During his lifetime, you could buy a healthy slave for 15lb of garlic.

7. Garlic was used as a wound antiseptic and cure for infections during World War I and II when penicillin was scarce.

8. The city of Chicago was named after garlic. ‘Chicagaoua’ was the Indian word for wild garlic.

9. The record for the most cloves of garlic eaten in one minute goes to Deepak Sharma Bajagain of Nepal, who managed to put away 34 cloves.

10. Garlic appears to attract leeches. They only take 14.9 seconds to attach to a hand covered in garlic, while they take 44.9 seconds to start sucking blood from a clean hand.

11. Garlic is toxic to dogs and cats.

12. In the U.S.A., there is a National Garlic Day, and it’s celebrated on April 19 every year.

13. In Bram Stoker’s book ‘Dracula’, garlic is mentioned a total of 21 times.

14. In Stockholm, Sweden, there is a restaurant that serves garlic as a specialty. Everything on the menu contains garlic, even the desserts such as garlic ice cream and garlic cheesecake.

15. Hippocrates of Greece used to use garlic in a treatment for cervical cancer.