As a member of the royal family, the rules are endless. So it’s no surprise Meghan Markle can’t eat certain foods while traveling.
In fact, the 36-year-old is banned from eating any food containing garlic when she travels with the royal family, and the reason is quite simple.
According to the Sunday Express, “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.” Go figure.
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When she's aiming to lose weight, she goes high-protein and low-carb.
Middleton reportedly relied on the Dukan Diet when trying to get in shape for her wedding. The program—which Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen have also reportedly given a try—focuses on increasing protein intake and decreasing carbohydrates. Lean proteins, vegetables, fruit, and whole wheat are all on the table, and Middleton's mother (another fan of the regimen) suggests calming cravings with prawns and cottage cheese.
She has some go-to raw favorites, too.
Middleton doesn't go full raw diet all the time, but she's been known to appreciate the trend. She loves ceviche, goji berries, gazpacho, watermelon salad, almond milk, and tabbouleh.
She overcame a pregnancy-triggered food aversion with fruits and oats.
When Middleton was pregnant with Prince George, she struggled with extreme morning sickness and food aversion. While she reportedly attempted to combat her nausea by undergoing food hypnotherapy, she also stuck to a diet of avocados, berries, and oatmeal. These hearty foods helped her put on weight during her pregnancy, despite her morning sickness.
She's a big fan of family recipes.
Middleton swears by family recipes so much that she whipped one up for the queen during her first royal family Christmas. Middleton made a batch of her grandmother's famous chutney to give Queen Elizabeth, in lieu of a purchased gift. "I was slightly worried about it," Middleton said of her decision. "But I noticed the next day that it was on the table."
But she's just as apt to be adventurous and try new dishes.
Lovely at-home cooking doesn't keep Middleton from exploring her options. She and husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, used their Canadian royal tour as an opportunity to think outside the box, food-wise. Middleton even visited a British Columbia food and wine festival and gave geoduck clams with miso mustard sauce a try! "It's really unusual," she said of the dish. "I've never seen it before."
She loves cooking and hosting.
Middleton enjoys preparing food for her family and sharing meals together at the kitchen table. While Prince William likes to tease her about her cooking, she's known to be quite the hostess. Her go-to dish? Curry.
And the holidays always mean time for a feast.
Unsurprisingly, royal family holiday celebrations are filled with delicious foods. Lunch brings shrimp or lobster salad, roasted turkey, parsnips, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. And dinner involves some sort of rib roast, turkey, or ham—plus 20 other buffet items.
And—of course—she fully understands the importance of dessert.
Middleton has a sweet tooth, and she's not afraid to treat those around her, either! Family gatherings often end with sticky toffee pudding or jam roly-poly (a pastry roll filled with fruit preserves). At holiday get-togethers, Christmas pudding and fruitcake are served with afternoon tea. But it doesn't have to be a big occasion for Middleton to treat her family. She's been known to serve her children various sweets at other times, too.
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The notion should come as no surprise to royal aficionados, considering Queen Elizabeth notoriously hates strong flavors.
“We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions,” Darren McGrady, royal chef at Buckingham Palace, told the Sunday Express. “The queen would never have garlic on the menu.”
The more you know.
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THEY MUST ACCEPT ALL GIFTS GRACIOUSLY
While the royal family has to accept every gift that they receive (even if it’s something super lame), it’s up to Queen Elizabeth who gets to keep which gift.
PRINCE PHILIP IS REQUIRED TO WALK BEHIND THE QUEEN
Since their marriage, Her Majesty’s husband must walk a few steps behind her at all times. Who run the world?
If a royal must use the restroom during a meal, they don’t announce it to the table. Instead, they apparently simply say “Excuse me,” and that’s that. (If only your toddler would do the same.)
YOU MUST ADDRESS ROYALS PROPERLY
This one’s a little confusing. Apparently, when you first meet the queen, you should address her as “Your Majesty” and then “Ma'am.” For other female members of the royal family, you should use “Your Royal Highness,” and then again “Ma'am” in later conversation. For male royals, it's “Your Royal Highness” and then “Sir.” And under no circumstances should you address the queen as “Liz.”
THERE ARE NO AUTOGRAPHS OR SELFIES ALLOWED
So put that selfie stick away.
TIARAS ARE ONLY WORN BY MARRIED WOMEN
No ring? No tiara.
THEY RARELY EAT SHELLFISH
This isn’t a requirement, but a wise rule that many royals, including Queen Elizabeth, adhere to because of the increased likelihood of food poisoning.
While the official website for the British Monarchy says that there are “no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting the queen or a member of the Royal Family,” it also states that many people wish to observe the traditional forms. That means a neck bow (from the head only) for men and a small curtsy for women.
WHEN THE QUEEN FINISHES EATING, THEN SO MUST YOU
Dining with royalty? No extra portions for you.
THE QUEEN SIGNALS WHEN A CONVERSATION IS OVER
If you see Her Majesty move her purse from her left arm to her right, then it’s time to stop talking. That apparently signals to her staff that she’s ready to move on.
SIX RAVENS MUST LIVE AT THE TOWER OF LONDON
According to legend, at least six ravens must remain at the giant fortress or else the monarchy will fall. But no one actually believes that, do they? Well, apparently so, since there are indeed seven (one spare) birds living at the Tower currently.
ROYAL WEDDING BOUQUETS CONTAIN MYRTLE
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