10+ Strange Facts About The Royal Family's Eating Habits

The more we learn about the royal family, the more we realize how, erm, unique, they are.

They've already got some dumb rules they must follow and now, we find out about their strange eating habits.

Like, did you know that the Queen eats her burgers with a knife and fork? Or that Prince Charles never has lunch??

Keep reading for more!

1. The Queen doesn't eat pizza.

A moment of silence, please, for all the cheesy goodness she's missing out on.

"Eleven years at the palace and we never served pizza at all, not even at receptions," Queen Elizabeth II's former chef Darren McGrady told Insider.

2. Prince Charles skips lunch everyday.

You'll only catch him eating two square meals per day.

Unfortunately, for his staff on day visits or foreign tours, this means that they miss out on lunch as well. "It can be a problem sometimes," an anonymous royal courtier told the Daily Mail.

3. No one can eat crustacean cuisine while out.

This rule is in place as a precaution against illness.

According to The Sun, the last thing the Queen wants is to endure some sort of food reaction while away from her home.

4. A meal ends when the Queen puts her purse on the table.

Anyone else find this completely unsanitary?

Regardless, she does this as a way to signal to her staff that she wants to wrap up dinner, like, now.

5. Prince William and Prince Harry love fast food.

While their grandmother can't get down with fast food, these brothers can. They've been photgraphed with Mickey Dee's in their mouths!

Prince William even had curry delivered to Kensington Palace via Uber Eats in 2020.

This was while he was recording his appearance on "That Peter Crouch Podcast."

He got the meal for himself and his guests from a local restaurant in London.

We wonder what kind of royal tip that driver got!

6. Teacups have to be held a certain way.

This is just royal ettiquette 101.

Royal etiquette expert Myka Meier explained to People that royals must pinch the top of the teacup handle with their thumb and index finger.

7. Food must be balanced on their forks.

Table manners are extremely important to the royals.

You won't ever catch them stabbing at their food with their fork. Instead, they must balance their food on the fork, which is always in the right hand.

8. The Queen doesn't peel bananas.

"With a banana, she'll cut off the bottoms and cut the banana length-wise, and then cut the banana into tiny slices to eat with a fork," McGrady told Recipes Plus.

9. The royal family often have barbecues during the summertime.

This takes place at their summer home in Balmoral, Scotland.

Unfortunately for the chefs, it often without warning: "It was always a mad rush when the Duke of Edinburgh would come down to the kitchen and say, 'We're going to have a barbecue,'" McGrady told Insider.

10. They can't eat garlic.

You can probably guess why.

"At Buckingham Palace you don't cook with garlic," former palace chef John Higgins told the National Post.

"I suppose in case you get the royal burp." That would certainly be unroyal-like.

11. The Queen eats her hamburgers with a knife and fork.

And no bun!

"Her Majesty's Victorian upbringing dictates that the only thing you would pick up and eat with your fingers is afternoon tea," McGrady told Insider.

12. During the summertime, two batches of desserts are made.

Since the family often eats outside at their Scotland summer home, the chefs would think ahead.

They'd prepare one dessert prepared on silver and another in a reusable container.

13. The Queen doesn't eat fast food.

It's hard enough to imagine Her Majesty with a Big Mac burger in the mouth, so this makes sense.

If she does crave it, though, she'll have her chefs make it from scratch. "They would shoot deer, and we would do venison burgers," McGrady told Insider.

14. They reuse all of their food.

The royal fam is surprisingly frugal.

Instead of throwing out any waste, Prince Charles would request only being served as much as he could eat. From there, he'd ask the chefs to incorporate the leftovers into the next meal.

15. Prince William and Prince Harry *love* comfort food.

In addition to loving places like McDonald's, McGrady told Us Weekly that they love roast chicken and potatoes.

The kind where "you bite into and all that fat runs down your chin."

Roast chicken is even one of Meghan Markle's favorite dishes to make. She uses a recipe by Ina Garten.

She was even roasting a chicken when Prince Harry proposed to her at their home!

Who needs fireworks when you've got poultry?

16. The Queen rarely eats carbs.

While we couldn't survive without it, the queen has a strict rule against it while dining alone.

McGrady told Recipe Plus that she doesn't eat pasta or potatoes. Instead, she likes grilled fish or chicken and vegetables.

17. The Queen is a total chocoholic.

She'd get chocolate wasted any night of the week if she could!

Her fav? Chocolate biscuit cake. McGrady told Recipes Plus that she would go back to that cake, again and again, until it was completely gone.

18. Sushi is strictly forbidden.

The idea of eating raw fish doesn't sit well with the Queen. Still, despite the royal ban, Prince William has admitted that he and Duchess Catherine do occasionally break the rules and enjoy sharing a dragon boat from time to time.

19. The Queen enjoys eating fruit from a Tupperware container.

When we think of royals dining, we picture elegance, gold plating, and fine silverware.

And while all of that may be true, most of the time, the Queen enjoys munching her strawberries from an old Tupperware dish.

20. Princess Diana didn't eat red meat.

Princess Diana was ahead of the curve in more ways than one. While she was still living, Diana would refuse to eat any red meat other than lamb — and only when she was entertaining.

According to her private chef, Diana never ate beef.

21. Princess Diana never prepared a meal for herself...ever.

Princess Diana had her own private chef throughout the week but on the weekend — she was on her own.

It got so bad that the chef would have to make and freeze weekend meals for Diana, and leave strict reheating instructions as well.

22. Prince William uses Uber Eats

Prince William may be a member of the Royal Family, but he's still only human. Which means he gets food cravings just like the rest of us.

Can you imagine being the uber driver who took that order? I hope William tipped well.

23. The Queen eats her steak well done.

I don't care if you're Joe Blow or the Queen of England — cooking a steak well done is just wrong.

Why even waste the money on a prime cut if you're going to cook all the flavor out? Stick to Hamburger Helper and save yourself the extra cost is what I say.

24. Duchess Catherine is obsessed with sticky toffee pudding.

I can't blame the Duchess — sticky toffee pudding is one of the most delectable desserts there is.

For those of you who have never tried it, you can follow the same recipe used by the Royal Family here!

25. Prince Philip loved truffles.

Prince Philip always had a penchant for the finer things in life, and high atop that list was truffles.

Prince Philip was actually the first person to ever successfully grow black truffles in England!

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