There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who eat to live and those who live to eat. And the queen is absolutely not the latter. So you can imagine she has a few food rules she and the rest of the royal family must abide by, including self-proclaimed foodie and the newest member of the family, Duchess Meghan of Sussex (née Markle). One such rule has Meghan eliminating a certain food from her traveling diet: garlic.
Express writes: “Garlic is banned from being included in foods eaten by royal family members. With many meetings between official visitors, it is thought to be advised against to prevent any awkward bad breath.”
Apparently, this is far from news. Queen Elizabeth II has hated garlic for quite some time — and, hey, that’s as good a reason as any to avoid it.
“We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions,” Darren McGrady, royal chef at Buckingham Palace, tells RecipesPlus. “The Queen would never have garlic on the menu.”
Want another sensible food-related rule? The royals also aren’t allowed to eat shellfish while traveling for royal visits. You can imagine why — the risk of food poisoning. And with such a tight itinerary, there’s no time to get sick.
One food that is always allowed, though? The queen’s chocolate cake — so much so, it follows her across the country. Oh, and don’t even think about secretly swiping a piece; she’ll always notice if a slice is missing.
“Now the Chocolate Biscuit Cake is the only cake that goes back again and again and again everyday until it’s all gone,” McGrady said. “She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake.”
But let’s get back to Meghan.
This whole “not eating garlic while traveling” likely won’t be a huge setback for her. Now that she’s married to Prince Harry, she’s no longer able to travel abroad as frequently as she once did anyway. But they do have one trip coming up: their first visit as a married couple to Dublin and then onward to Australia in October for a Commonwealth tour, which includes stops in Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand.