Princess Diana Swore By These 2 Meals to Stay Healthy — And Avoided 1 Meal At All Costs

The royal family typically sticks to a fairly strict diet. Though they like to indulge now and then, royal chefs have revealed some of the family’s favorite dishes in the past. And it turns out Princess Diana had a go-to meal for lunch, and another for dinner, that helped her stay healthy. Plus, there was one type of dish she always avoided.

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Princess Diana struggled with her mental health through the years

Diana’s time in the royal family wasn’t easy. She and Charles were never in love, and though she did her best to blend in with the royals, she was never cut out for that life. For that reason, Diana struggled with her mental health during her time in the family. The constant spotlight gave her great anxiety, and she dealt with bouts of depression and bulimia while she was married.

Diana and Charles never grew close, so it felt as though she had nobody to turn to in the family. She once revealed to Andrew Morton that it took her “six years” to get comfortable in her royal skin. Charles continued to have an affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, and once that news broke, he and Diana separated; they finalized their divorce in 1996.

Princess Diana
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Stuffed bell peppers and beetroot soup helped Diana stay physically healthy

Though Diana worked hard to keep her mental health in check, she was also mindful of her physical appearance. The royal family tried to eat healthy; Prince William and Kate Middleton have admitted that it’s a true indulgence on the nights they get to order pizza rather than stick to their healthy habits.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady told Hello! Magazine that Diana ate quite healthy during her time as a royal. She typically started her day with something light, such as grapefruit and toast. But the two meals she often turned to for lunch and dinner were stuffed bell peppers and beetroot soup.

McGrady said Diana loved stuffed bell peppers for lunch. They consisted of zucchini, mushrooms, rice, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. The peppers were topped with a scoop of smoked tomato sauce.

Diana also loved beetroot soup, which consisted of beetroot, yogurt, onions, chicken stock, milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper. It’s unclear how often Diana ate the meal, but she claimed it was one of her all-time favorites.

Princess Diana
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The princess avoided all red meat except lamb

The dish Diana would always avoid? Anything with red meat. The princess kept red meat off her plate at all times, with the exception of lamb, which she occasionally ate during a royal gathering.

The princess didn’t eat pork or beef, though she was known to have chicken. Still, she usually stuck to fish or vegetarian dishes and tried not to load her meals up with any kind of heavy creams or sauces. Though the princess was known to enjoy dessert, she was quite strict about the types of dishes she’d eat for lunch and dinner.