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These are the foods the royals can’t eat in public

Certain foods are reportedly off the table for the royals.
Prince William and Kate Middleton

The jet-setting royal lifestyle comes with plenty of perks, but when it comes to sampling the local food favourites from different regions, it seems there are some rules even the royals can’t flout.

According to The Sun, foods like prawns and oysters are off the table for royal family members as they carry a higher risk of food poisoning than other delicacies.

The family is also advised to steer clear of meat that’s cooked rare, tap water in foreign countries and overly exotic or spicy dishes.

The list of exclusions are aimed at keeping the royals in tip-top shape – after all, a case of food poisoning could wreak havoc on their busy schedule, their support staff, their country hosts… and Duchess Catherine’s always-immaculate hair.

The Queen chows down while touring Morocco.

The 91-year-old is said to love coconut – luckily, the fruit hasn’t been banned!

This isn’t the first time we’ve learnt details of the royal family’s rather peculiar and specific dietary preferences.

After cooking for the royal family for more than 15 years, top chef Darren McGrady has learnt a thing or two – including the Queen’s stance on garlic and well, everything food-related.

“We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions,” McGrady, the author of Eating Royally, told The Weekly’s sister site Recipes Plus back in 2015. “We also couldn’t serve meat that was rare, as she liked her meat more well done.”

The monarch of more than six decades has a peculiar and specific set of dietary preferences.

When it comes to meal time, it seems the monarch of more than six decades has a very hands-on approach.

Through a note, the Queen would routinely approve of proposed menus, recipes and courses and put a line through everything she didn’t want to include.

“I found a new dish called ‘Veiled Farmer’s Daughter’ and sent it up as a suggestion to the Queen and she could look at it and decide if was to her liking,” Darren explained with a smile.

“She sent a note back saying who or what are the ‘Veiled Farmer’s Daughter’.

He also explained that the much-loved royal tends to eat seasonally — meaning peaches in summer and rhubarb in the spring.

“You can send strawberries every day to The Queen during summer at Balmoral and she’ll never say a word,” McGrady said. “Try including strawberries on the menu in January and she’ll scrub out the line and say don’t dare send me genetically modified strawberries. She absolutely does eat seasonal.”

And her preferences don’t stop at how the dish is prepared, the queen also has a precise (and unique) way of eating.

“With a banana, she’ll cut off the bottoms and cut the banana lengthwise, and then cut the banana into tiny slices to eat with a fork,” McGrady explained.

As for her pears?

“She eats her pears like boiled eggs,” McGrady said. “She’ll cut off the top and scoop out the insides with a spoon.

He added: “There is no eating like a monkey at Buckingham Palace.”

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