Princess Diana’s love for her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, has been well documented. The princes have spoken at length about their relationship with their mother, the care she showed them as children, and their difficulties in dealing with her untimely death in 1997 when they were both still very young. And now, some more insight has been provided into Diana’s relationship with Harry – and we have Diana’s former chef to thank.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Carolyn Robb reveals Harry’s favourite breakfast was the mini, bite-sized treacle tarts she used to make. She told the newspaper he enjoyed them so much she used to keep a supply in the freezer for him. She said she was particularly touched when one day in 1989, he came to the Kensington Palace kitchen asking for one and was carrying a note from Diana, which read, “Mummy says it’s okay!” Aww!
Carolyn, who was personally hired by Diana, also revealed quite a lot about the late Princess of Wales’s favourite foods in the interview – along with those of William and Charles, for whom she continued to work until 2000.
She said Diana and the boys enjoyed foods like mint lamb, stuffed eggplant, salads and souffles. Prince William’s favourite sweet treat was chocolate biscuit cake, she said. Carolyn also said Charles, who is a well-known environmentalist with a passion for the planet, liked to eat foods that were in season, straight out of the Kensington Palace garden.
Carolyn also described her time cooking for the family as her “dream job” and it seems like she still has very fond memories of her time there. “You’re cooking with the freshest ingredients in well-equipped kitchens, for people who tell you when they particularly enjoy a meal. It’s a complete joy. And so exciting,” she said. “You have this extraordinary role right at the heart of that world. It’s a complete privilege.”
Prince Harry’s passion for good food has continued during his relationship with Duchess Meghan, with whom he’s expecting a baby any day. The couple are said to make dishes using items straight from their garden at their new home of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – and Harry reportedly proposed to Meghan over a homemade roast chicken dinner at Kensington Palace. We're glad that passion for food was instilled in him from an early age!