You would think as a member of the royal family, you’d have your pick of fine dining experiences. Caviar? Sure! Truffles? You betcha. Surf and turf? Er… well… maybe hold the surf. According to Travel + Leisure, in addition to being made to always travel with black clothing, the entire royal family has actually been BANNED from eating shellfish! Crazy, we know!
Apparently, the risk of foodborne illness is too great with shellfish to risk for the royal fam, who must adhere to their busy schedules at all times. Okay, fair enough, but no lobster? Come on!
And that’s not all: In an effort to keep them healthy, they’re also advised against eating foreign meats while abroad, as well as tap water.
The rules are even stricter when the Queen herself is present. As her former chef previously revealed to the National Post, garlic is a definite no-no. “… at Buckingham Palace, you don’t cook with garlic,” he quipped. “I suppose, in case you get the royal burp.”
As another former chef, Darren McGrady, shared with The Telegraph back in 2015, there are no starches prepared at the Royal table, either. “No starch is the rule. No potatoes, rice, or pasta for dinner. Just usually something like grilled sole with vegetables and salad.”
Dang. We’re seriously starting to feel for Prince William, Kate, and Harry! Maybe we don’t want to be a Royal after all… just kidding! (*Wink, wink*)
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(h/t InStyle; photos via Chris Jackson/Getty)