Darren McGrady reveals what Prince William and Prince Harry liked to do for Princess Diana on Mother's Day

By Heather Cichowski

Darren McGrady, was a personal chef to the Queen, Prince William, Prince Harry and the late Princess Diana for 15 years.

He recently launched a YouTube channel to share his tips and recipes he's cooking during the coronavirus pandemic. He's also been delighting fans with his stories of his time cooking for the Royal Family. One of those memories involved Mother's Day.

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In a chat with HELLO! Canada, Darren shared a delicious and easy Mother's day recipe: an asparagus frittata and a lovely story about the late People's Princess.

HELLO! Canada: Does cooking the frittata bring back any memories of working in the royal kitchens on Mother’s Day?

Darren McGrady: When I was at Buckingham Palace, the Queen didn't really celebrate Mother’s Day. She would go off to Windsor for the weekend, but often she would have eggs for breakfast.

And with Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry liked to cook so something like a frittata was an easy dish that they could make for the princess.

One of the things I remember most about being at Kensington is that the princess would give her team the Sunday, Mother's Day, off to go home and be with their families. And it was really thoughtful of her.

Diana, Princess of Wales with her young sons at the commemorations of VJ Day, on Aug. 19, 1995 in London. Photo: © JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP via Getty Images

On the weekends, each year for Mother’s Day, she would usually have the boys and they would just be there together and eat together and the princess would help the boys. Of course when I was there, the boys were still young so it wasn’t like they could prepare a three-, four-course meal. But, it was that special time for the princess and being with her boys on Mother's Day.

It was as much about she wanted us to spend time with our families as she wanted to be alone with her two boys on Mother’s Day, and it meant so much to her for the three of them just to eat together and be together.

The chef attended BritWeek's 10th Anniversary VIP Reception & Gala at the Fairmont Hotel on May 1, 2016 in Los Angeles. Photo: © Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Were you involved in the preparation of any of the Mother’s Day meals?

I used to leave food for them, but often they would all go in the kitchen together and spend time together and get meals throughout the day.

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