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An acclaimed chef who has cooked for members of the royal family including Queen Elizabeth II said he “wouldn’t roll out the red carpet” for Meghan Markle in his restaurants. He also said the duchess would have to pay for her meal, unlike the monarch.

Meghan Markle looking on and smiling
Meghan Markle | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Chef Richard Corrigan has several restaurants in London

Richard Corrigan is an award-winning Irish chef who cooks up his creations at the London eateries Corrigan’s Bar & Restaurant Mayfair, Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, and Daffodil Mulligan Restaurant & Gibney’s Bar, as well as Virginia Park Lodge in County Cavan, Ireland.

He studied at the Dublin Institute of Technology and received his first Michelin star in 1994. He earned another Michelin star three years later and was crowned winner of the Great British Menu three times. The chef has also prepared meals for the queen on more than one occasion.

Chef Corrigan says he ‘wouldn’t roll out the red carpet’ for Meghan

Daily Mail journalist Richard Eden spoke to Corrigan about cooking for some members of Britain’s most famous family and the chef admitted that he wasn’t “keen” about serving a certain duchess.

Chef Richard Corrigan poses for photo on carpet at 'An Evening with Dermot O&Otilde'
Chef Richard Corrigan poses for photo on the carpet at ‘An Evening with Dermot OÕ’ | Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images

It’s no secret that after stepping down as senior royals and moving to California the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lost a few fans on the other side of the pond and it apparently Corrigan is one of them. Eden recounted his conversation with chef writing: “Celebrated chef Richard Corrigan has prepared food for the royal family, but does not appear keen to toil over a hot stove for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Asked if he’d cook for Meghan, the owner of Mayfair restaurants Bentley’s and Corrigan’s tells me: ‘I cooked for the queen free of charge, of course. And I’ll cook for anyone, but let me just say, some people will have to pay.'”

Corrigan added that he wouldn’t deny Meghan entry into his restaurants, but she would not receive the treatment the queen got. “I’d let her in the restaurant, for sure, but the queen had the red carpet rolled out. Would Meghan? I don’t think so.”

Eden tweeted that following the publication of his conversation with Corrigan, the restaurateur had to deal with “online abuse” from Meghan’s fans “for daring to say he wouldn’t want to cook for the Duchess of Sussex free of charge.”

Other royal family fans then chimed in to defend the chef writing: “He was asked a question, and he answered honestly. What’s the big deal?” and “Perfectly reasonable comment from the very talented Mr. Corrigan.”

The Duchess of Sussex may never return to the U.K.

Meghan Markle listening to students speak during a visit to Tupou College in Tonga
Meghan Markle listening to students speak during a visit to Tupou College in Tonga | Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images

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But Corrigan likely doesn’t have to think about ever serving Prince Harry’s wife since she hasn’t been back to London in over two years and doesn’t seem to have any intention of returning.

The Duke of Sussex already stated that his family would not return unless they can hire their own private security. But it’s doubtful that they will be getting a green light for that. And some journalists believe that the whole security hold-up is an excuse because Meghan has no interest in going back to England.

As royal commentator Camilla Tominey said: “Maybe what the Sussexes are really trying to tell us is that Meghan categorically doesn’t [want to return]. Only time will tell.”