Here’s Why Prince Philip Preferred Eating Without The Queen

Prince Philip, according to what royal chef, Darren McGrady, once famously told Delish, was “a real foodie”: a garlic lover, a curry enthusiast, and a spice buff, who once cooked his family and all the palace staff dinner on the grill at Balmoral. The Duke of Edinburgh not only knew his way around a kitchen; he was also not afraid to get a little bit contentious about food. Take, for example, the time that Philip ate a meal prepared by Gallic chef, Regis Crépy: bacon, eggs, smoked salmon, kedgeree, croissants, and pain au chocolate (via Independent). Afterward, he declared, “The French don’t know how to cook breakfast.”  

The prince was so intent on having things his way, royal footman Charles Oliver once wrote in  Dinner at Buckingham Palace (via Express), that Philip used to travel with an electric glass-lidded frying pan. He cooked up his own morning meals, including bacon, omelets, and sausages. And, it was exactly because Philip liked food so much that he may have preferred to dine without his wife. “Prince Philip has a much broader palate than Her Majesty when it comes to food. The queen eats to live whereas Prince Philip lives to eat,” McGrady explained to Delish. Of course, Queen Elizabeth’s much more subdued dietary preferences ruled when the married couple dined together. “It was always down to the queen, you have everything how she has it,” McGrady admitted. “I think sometimes Prince Philip actually enjoyed eating on his own.”

What Prince Philip used to cook for Queen Elizabeth

Another point of disagreement between Her Majesty and His Majesty? Drinks. Queen Elizabeth may be faithful to her gin, but her husband, like his grandson, Prince William, was a beer person. When dining with the Prime Minister of Italy, Philip once turned down all the wines offered to him. “Get me a beer. I don’t care what kind it is, just get me a beer!” the Duke of Edinburgh reportedly demanded (via Independent).

Like any happy marriage, sometimes Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip met in the middle. Darren McGrady told Delish that the two royals both had a soft spot for fresh salmon. Neither, according to Charles Oliver’s to Dinner at Buckingham Palace, was a fan of fresh oysters (via Reader’s Digest). Finally, on more than one occasion, the Duke of Edinburgh would cook a meal for both him and his wife. “The Prince is also adept at producing quick, light supper snacks, which he and the Queen often enjoy after they have dismissed the servants for the night,” Oliver wrote in his book (via Express). After hours, Philip would reportedly make his wife “scrambled eggs and smoked haddock, mushrooms sautéed in butter with bacon, Scotch woodcock with mushrooms, and omelet[s] with bacon.”

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