Princess Diana wanted her children to eat healthy food. As for their mother, she wanted to ensure that Princesses William and Harry were regularly introduced to new foods. Like many children, he reportedly did not enjoy vegetables. Princess and ceremonial royal cook Darren McGrady had to find creative ways for her young sons to eat, as well as provide them with food that they would gush over. However, Diana reportedly resorted to bribery to get her sons to eat their greens and other healthy items.
Princess Diana ate a healthy diet
After overcoming the bulimia that the princess struggled with for years, Diana ate a healthy diet. McGrady said Hello! magazine that her favorite foods included vegetables and lean proteins. He reportedly did not eat red meat and sometimes only lamb. Most days, she enjoyed items like chicken, fish, or plant-based food.
Upon the birth of Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984, Diana wanted her sons to eat a diet that nourished their bodies. However, as most mothers realize, feeding vegetables to babies happily was a daunting task. Diana reportedly worked with McGrady to incorporate these healthy options into foods she would enjoy eating.
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The princess wanted her children to eat the food served at dinner. He hoped that exposure to foods outside his regular child’s palette would give him an appreciation for all kinds of dishes. However, it was not always an easy task.
McGrady said in an interview Today That she and the boys’ grandmother worked together to cook delicious food.
“The Royal Nursery was meant to educate not only the minds of the young royals, but their palate as well,” he explained. “Nanny always had control of the menu and made sure she had a balanced meal that not only included lots of healthy vegetables but also introduced her to new adult recipes.”
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McGrady said Hello! magazine That one of the boys’ favorite meals was roast chicken with macaroni and cheese on their skin.
When his nanny was nearby, his plate included broccoli. The boys were encouraged to eat their own vegetables as each had to eat one floret of broccoli for each piece of chicken they requested.
McGrady and the Princess also had success when vegetables were added to foods Prince William and Harry would happily enjoy. These included chopping broccoli into small pieces and adding to mashed potatoes, a take on a British favorite called Bubble and Squeak. This British standby dish consists of baked potatoes and cabbage, mixed and fried.
Diana also offered the occasional fast-food treat to William and Harry
Princess Diana also gave her sons the occasional fast-food treat. McGrady said, he enjoyed foods from the McDonald’s restaurant chain. However, it was not the food that attracted the boys.
When McGrady told the princess she could make burgers and french fries for the boys, she admitted that wasn’t the reason she liked the fast-food chain.
They told Hello! magazine “It’s the toy they want,” said Diana.
The young prince was also a fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during his visit to America. The flavor became a favorite that McGrady would attempt to update to a healthier version by creating delicious treats like muffins for the princes to grab and go.