Why the Queen Banned Meghan Markle’s Favorite Foods From Buckingham Palace

The royal family is incredibly particular about food — especially Queen Elizabeth II, who is not only picky about the flavor but also has rules against certain dishes. That said, Meghan Markle was not born into the royal family, so her palette is a little different — and occasionally too adventurous for Her Majesty. Find out why Queen Elizabeth II banned Meghan Markle’s favorite foods from the Buckingham Palace menu, ahead.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to food. | Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

Why the queen banned Meghan Markle’s favorite foods from Buckingham Palace

Meghan Markle’s favorite foods aren’t that far off from her niece and nephew, Princess Charlotte and Prince George. The two young royal allegedly love pasta and so does their Aunt Meghan. However, the queen not so much. Despite her great-grandchildren and daughter-in-law loving the Italian dish, Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t allow pasta on the menu.

Buckingham Palace pasta ban

The queen’s former chef, Darren McGrady says Her Majesty has strict rules about food — particularly pasta — in Buckingham Palace (and other royal abodes). The reason? She simply doesn’t like to eat it that often and, therefore, prefers to keep it off the menu. According to McGrady, the queen believes certain carbs such as pasta, rice, and potatoes are “far too starchy” and asked to have these dishes be removed from the palace’s menu.

That said, Her Majesty doesn’t always prohibit pasta at Buckingham Palace. According to some reports, the royal family is treated to a pasta dinner on special occasions, including Christmas, State Dinners, and other events throughout the year.

Meghan Markle’s favorite foods

Pasta isn’t the only one of Meghan Markle’s favorite foods banned from Buckingham Palace. The royal also loves garlic — aka, one of Queen Elizabeth’s most unfavorite ingredients. The monarch allegedly hates garlic so much that she demanded her chefs to remove it from all royal menus at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham Estate, and other royal abodes.

In addition to garlic, Meghan Markle loves sushi, which can sometimes contain shellfish — a food that is banned across the royal family. That means, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can’t eat it ever (even in the comfort of their own home, away from the queen).

Royal family food rules

Dining with the queen is no easy feat. And, many rules must be followed. Here are the royal family food rules that Meghan Markle and the rest of the royals must follow when eating with Queen Elizabeth II.

Don’t make a fuss

If Meghan Markle needs to use the restroom during dinner, she can’t excuse herself — or make it known that she plans to get up and go. Instead, she must get up without any fuss and leave the table.

Keep your eye on the queen’s purse

This isn’t to protect her from theft — it’s to find out when dinner is over. According to reports, Queen Elizabeth II uses her purse to send signals to those dining, as well as her staff. As soon as her purse hits the table, dinner must end within five minutes.

Stop eating when the queen if finished

If the queen finishes her food, everyone else must also finish. According to royal family food rules, it is rude to continue eating once Her Majesty finishes a meal.

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