This news will come as a shock for food lovers. There is apparently one food item that royals aren’t allowed to eat.
Found in many cuisines around the world, it seems as though the humble, but decidedly supreme food, garlic, isn’t allowed on royal plates, at all.
Very much like not wearing red nail polish, messy buns (unless you’re Meghan Markle, that is), and going sans nylons. This is apparently as much a matter of royal protocol for them. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, appeared on MasterChef Australia a few years ago and explained exactly why, on the behalf of the whole family.
“I hate to say this, but garlic. Garlic is a no-no,” the duchess said. “So garlic is a no-no?” one of the show’s judges asked. “Because you’re talking, chatting?” “Yes, exactly. So you always have to lay off the garlic,” she said.
This claim can be confirmed and the news is, to be sure, exceptionally tragic. It’s not the first time the royal family has come out as anti-garlic. Back in 2016, we discovered that Queen Elizabeth II is royally averse to the stuff (the Queen, let it be said, is “not a foodie at all”). As it turns out, it seems as though she might have set a bit of a precedent.
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As former Buckingham Palace kitchen chef Darren McGrady said all the way back then, “When [the Queen] was at the table, there was no garlic at all,” he said. “We are never allowed to serve anything with garlic or too many onions. We also can not serve meat that is rare, as Queen Elizabeth liked her meat more well done”.
The Queen’s reasoning seems pretty similar to the Duchess of Cornwall, but let’s be real: This is 2022, and things like breath mints, gum, and super-extra strength toothpaste are available to avoid offending international guests with garlicky breath.
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has given up a lot since becoming a Duchess. This also means she avoided eating garlic around the Queen. It is the most important ingredient when she used to mix in her recipe for a Filipino-style chicken.
We hereby humbly submit a petition to the Queen: Stock up on the minty stuff and cut loose on the garlic. You won’t look back.
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