There are many rumors about King Charles III’s habits when he was Prince of Wales, from rumors that he travels with own toilet seat to stories about how he likes the perfect egg. One thing is for sure, the current King of England is very picky about certain things, especially when it comes to his food.
Darren McGrady, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family, who died on September 8, has said King Charles is definitely a foodie who needs to know where his food is coming from. “He got interested in organic farming 30 years ago…before it was even invented.” McGrady said.
Like his mother, King Charles is very picky about his eating habits. While we touched on Queen Elizabeth’s daily routine in a previous article, Prince Philip was also very regimented when it came to looking after himself â after all, he lived to be 99. It’s safe to say that King Charles has some pretty good genes and has learned to take care of himself and his diet. However, he does have some interesting quirks and habits that his parents didn’t have when it comes to food, and a few more modern habits.
Before we talk about what King Charles might eat on a daily basis, it’s important to note that his general view of food is that it should be seasonal and organic. As McGrady and former royal chef Carolyn Webb put it Marie Claireâeverything was based on what was in season in the garden. During the asparagus season I serve this maybe three to four times a week. You wouldn’t dare eat asparagus or strawberries in December.”
The family grew produce on their many properties and raised their own animals. The Queen and Charles kept bees (which had to be particularly informed of her death). As is well known, the Queen began Growing produce at Buckingham Palaceand she loved her wild Scotch strawberries at Balmoral, which she was known to pick themselves. Charles also enjoyed hunting for wild mushrooms there, as many mushrooms have been found on the 50,000-acre Balmoral Estate. According to McGradythey were collected, sautÃ©ed with some herbs, and then frozen to use year-round.
In addition, Charles is reported Avoid meat two days a week and dairy one day a week. “If more were doing that, you would take a lot of the pressure off,” he reportedly said of his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint.
How serious is Charles about sustainability? Apparently he has an old Aston Martin that “runs” with wine and cheese. In fact, in 2008 the Aston Martin was converted to run on E85 bioethanol, made from by-products of the wine and cheese industries his own website.
While a lot could of course change now that Charles is king, his day as a prince started with a very healthy breakfast. Anecdotes about what it entailed Variety but it was usually fresh fruit, muesli or some type of whole grain mixed with seeds dipped in fruit juice and tea. McGrady notes in a Video that he loved plums from the garden lightly poached in juice, with some granola.
Invented by a doctor in Switzerland, muesli was something like our modern-day overnight oats, made with rolled oats, fruit and seeds or nuts soaked in dairy or fruit juice. The difference between muesli and granola is that it’s served like overnight oats without the need to cook it.
As a prince, Charles was rumored to wear one breakfast box with him. Former Royal Chef Graham Newbould, once a chef on the Royal Yacht Britannia, said the box would generally contain around six types of honey, cereal and “anything that’s a little bit special that he’s a little bit picky about”. Just like Charles and his mother were beekeeperwe suspect it was his own special honey too!
Eggs weren’t usually part of breakfast, except on weekends, and he didn’t eat them until later in the day.
Any source, even Charles’ own previous website before he became king, can vouch for one truth about the current king: He doesn’t eat lunch. Numerous outlets have reported that King Charles skips lunch altogether unless it’s part of the day’s duty. When Charles turned 70, his website published a list of 70 facts about the then prince, and No. 20 was simply, “The prince doesn’t eat lunch.” He may subsist on his favorite tea, Darjeeling with honey and milk, all day long.
Chief Grady supports this, noting that it rarely happened, at least during his tenure. “Maybe lunch, maybe no lunch,” Grady said. “Maybe a sandwich.” Sometimes when he was painting in the country he would bring a sandwich. One thing the experienced staff knew, reports meshablethat they had to eat a big breakfast, because when Charles had a busy day, there was no stopping him.
What about those boiled eggs? These were reported to arrive later in the day, around 5:30pm, as Charles was sitting down for tea. Maybe he’d even have her with crumpets, huh he is supposedly fond of.
One thing that keeps coming up is how serious King Charles is about his boiled eggs. The rumors that he had the kitchen prepare seven eggs, from which various reports say he would choose the perfect 3- or 4-minute egg, were untrue, according to his former publicist. Julian Payne. But acc Charles’ formal personal chef, they needed to cook exactly four minutes, although others report three. Suffice to say he was serious about his eggs and they could have come from his own hens, perhaps from Highgrove.
What King Charles doesn’t eat during the day, he makes up for at dinner. These wild mushrooms from Balmoral feature prominently in his favorite meal, which McGrady says is roast lamb with wild mushroom risotto. Watch as McGrady prepares the actual dish! He knew that too prepare your own dishes with venison he hunted. His version of moussaka with ptarmigan even had its own name: groussaka.
If dessert is ever on the menu, it’s Charles unlikely to partake in anything chocolate; Unlike his late mother, who loved it, he reportedly doesn’t care at all.