The life of the Royal Family can often seem a million miles away from the lives of regular people in the UK.
But occasionally, an anecdote is shared which reminds the public that sometimes, they’re just like us.
And one hilarious story from a former Royal Family employee did just that.
Darren McGrady used to be a personal chef to the Queen, and he had some heart-warming anecdotes about the royal boys, the Express reported this year.
Darren was the royal chef to Princess Diana and family, when Prince William and Prince Harry were young.
Speaking on a Channel 5 documentary titled ‘Royal Servants in their Own Words’, former employees opened up about what it was really like on the day-to-day within the palace walls.
The chef revealed a sneaky trick Prince Harry and William played on him as kids to try and get one of their favourite meals, pizza, for dinner, instead of chicken and vegetables.
He said: “William and Harry they loved pizzas, burgers – they loved me to cook them burgers.
“I remember coming into work one morning and nanny had asked for roasted chicken and she wanted lots of green vegetables served with it too.
“Well I think William or Harry must have looked at the menu and thought ‘hmm we don’t want that’. When I came in in the evening there was a note on my desk and it said ‘Darren please give the boys pizza for their dinner tonight signed Jess’.
“I looked at it and thought ‘Why is this in the writing of a five-year-old?’ and then I realised who had written it.”
Harry and William had faked the note to try and avoid vegetables and have pizza instead.
But sadly, their efforts were wasted. Darren confirmed: “They actually got the roasted chicken.”
The chef joked: “I was scared of the nanny.”
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He also revealed that Princess Diana had some rather bizarre food requests of her own – apparently asking for one tin of Heinz baked beans, a pink grapefruit, a cup of coffee and a glass of orange juice.
He added: “She never ate beef, never ate pork, occasionally she’d have lamb when she was entertaining guests but for the most part, it was chicken, fish or vegetarian options.”
In a stark contrast to Diana, the Queen apparently opted for richer meals.
The chef said: “I had to move from cooking food for the Queen – heavy sauces, rich sauces and creams – to start cooking lighter food again, cutting out the fats, cutting out the carbs.”