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What the Royal Family Actually Eats in a Day

Many column inches are given over to what the Royal family wears, but do you know what they like to eat –and what they don’t?

By Cookist

Many column inches are given over to what the Royal family wears, but do you know what they like to eat –and what they don’t?

From the Queen’s dislike of garlic to Meghan Markle’s love of wine, here’s the lowdown on the Royal family’s food preferences.

Meghan Markle


Meghan loves wine, telling Delish before she married Prince Harry that the fruit of the vine is one of her vices. She also drinks hot water with lemon first thing in a morning, and she used to have steel-cut oatmeal and bananas with it.

She will drink a green juice on occasion, but only if she really feels like she needs it, as it’s not a favorite of hers.

Almonds are one of Meghan’s fave snacks, and she might have a handful when she feels peckish.

Meghan admits she loves to eat fries when she can get her hands on them! When she was shooting Suits in Canada, she also learned how to make poutine, which is a dish of fries topped with cheese curds and a brown gravy.

Meghan also likes steak, and she says that squeezing lemon juice all over it just before serving really brings out the flavor.

Meghan has to avoid garlic these days, because Royal protocol says none of the family should meet people with garlic breath, but also because the Queen allegedly hates garlic.

Prince Harry has reportedly been influenced by Meghan’s gluten-free regime, and he’s also cut carbs almost entirely out of his diet.

Camilla Parker-Bowles

The Duchess of Cornwall is said to love spicy and garlicky foods, eating them whenever she can. Better not do it while the Queen’s around, Camilla!

Kate Middleton


Kate apparently enjoys a good curry, and she likes to make it for family and other guests.

Before her wedding in 2011, Kate was said to be on a high-protein, low-carb diet, and she kept to it very strictly.

After Princess Charlotte’s birth, Kate ate a lot of fruit and vegetable based dishes, such as goji berries, ceviche, gazpacho, almond milk, watermelon salad and tabbouleh. While she was pregnant, Kate suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum (sickness) a lot. This made it hard for her to eat enough food to stay at a healthy weight. She solved the problem by eating healthy fats, such as avocado, oatmeal and berries.

Kate loves traditional foods, and at Christmas she enjoys seasonal pastries and cakes. She is also partial to jam roly-poly or sticky toffee pudding with her tea.

The Queen


The Queen always starts her day with tea and biscuits. Sometimes she will have toast and marmalade, or for a special occasion, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and a grating of truffle. The Queen is also said to prefer brown eggs because she thinks they taste better.

The Queen has her first alcoholic drink of the day before lunch, and it’s typically a wine-based aperitif. For lunch, she will have some fish and vegetables, but no starchy side dish.

Afternoon tea is nearly always taken, and usually includes savory and sweet sandwiches. She also likes an alcoholic drink with her tea.

For dinner, the Queen usually sticks with meat and vegetables, and she likes the meat to be very well done. For dessert, she likes dark chocolate in nearly any form – it’s her favorite food. She will also have a very dry martini with her dinner, and a glass of champagne after the meal to finish off her day.

Prince Philip


Prince Philip has long been known as the family’s most adventurous eater, wherever he may be. He really doesn’t like organic food, though, and would make fun of Prince Charles’s organic food choices.

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