No garlic, no onions, no shellfish, no potatoes, no rice: These are the foods the royal family can’t eat, and there are plenty of other food-related rules the royals must abide by. But with Meghan Markle’s due date rapidly approaching (it’s reported she’s due in late April), we have to know: What can the royal baby eat?
For starters, the now-Duchess of Sussex can breastfeed her own baby thanks to Queen Elizabeth. In the 19th century, it was commonplace for the upper class to have their wet nurses breastfeed their children. But the queen wasn’t having this; she flipped the script and breastfed her own son, Charles, the Prince of Wales. Kate Middleton (aka the Duchess of Cambridge) also breastfed her kids; so if Meghan chooses to, she has the option.
According to Darren McGrady — former chef to Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry — packaged foods are a no-go, though. He told Today online in 2013 he has never seen packaged food with any of the royal babies.
“Why would they buy packaged food when the queen has 20 personal chefs?” he said.
What they eat instead are puréed fruits, particularly apples and pears, which are sieved twice to ensure they’re 100 percent lump-free.
As with most other children, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are also a must. Unlike most children, however, the royal baby will have its own personal chef — maybe even two.
“As they got older, you’d have one chef in the kitchen doing the chicken, one doing the veg, and then it would all be blended together; it was a major operation cooking for them,” McGrady said.
According to Metro, royal babies are likely fed all-organic produce sourced from the gardens and orchards of the royal estates.
What the baby eats isn’t always up to the mother, either. The nanny has just as much input into the little one’s menu.
“The Royal nursery wasn’t just for educating the minds of the young royals but educating their palates too,” McGrady said. “Nanny always had control of the menu and made sure they ate balanced meals that included not only lots of healthy vegetables but introduced them to new grownup dishes too.”
As controlled as the baby’s menu is, treats are most definitely allowed as they get older. For instance, Kate has been known to give her kids ice cream, and Princess Diana was an advocate of Happy Meals.