Meghan Markle has had to give up much of her past life. Now that she’s part of the royal family, that includes no longer eating garlic in public. That’s right, per Queen Elizabeth’s orders, garlic is off the table for any royals — including herself.
According to royal chef Darren McGrady, “We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions. The queen would never have garlic on the menu.”
As nitpicky as the rule might seem, it does make a lot of sense. Express pointed out, “With many meetings between official visitors, it is thought to be advised against to prevent any awkward bad breath.”
The rule might not matter to Markle if she wasn’t a fan of garlic, but it just so happens to be an ingredient in one of her favorite dishes. She told Today that her “Filipino-style chicken adobo,” which she cooks on Sundays, contains just a few simple, yet delicious ingredients.
“It’s so easy,” she said. “Combine garlic, soy, vinegar, maybe some lemon, and let the chicken swim in that sauce until it falls off the bone in a Crock Pot.”
Luckily for Markle, she won’t have to swear off her favorite Sunday dish. According to CafeMom, “The Duchess of Sussex can eat whatever she wants in the private of her own home (well, palace), and she just has to stick to this rule while out in public.”
Markle and the queen have strong feelings about a few other foods, as well. While Markle and the queen both prefer gin-based cocktails and share a love for chocolate, they have different opinions on pasta. Markle has professed her love for pasta, while the queen has a no-starch rule.
“It gets such a bad rap,” Markle told Delish. “However, when I’m traveling, I won’t miss an opportunity to try great pasta. I come back from vacation every year with a food baby, and I’ve named her Comida. I get to the set and I’m like, ‘Hey, Comida’s here, and she’s kicking.'”
According to Today, a few of Markle’s other favorite foods include tacos, wine, sushi, and french fries. When it comes to enjoying food, it’s all about balance for Markle. She told Shape Magazine in 2013, “I think if you deprive yourself of anything you’re just going to crave it more, so for me it’s just finding that balance.” She added, “Eating really good during the week and then treating yourself to whatever it is that you want over the weekend.”
Shellfish thankfully is not on her list of favorite foods, as that’s another dish she’ll have to avoid while traveling. Express explained, “There is a high risk of food poisoning with seafood so it is removed from the menu to prevent illness while on tour.”
Markle has already conformed to a number of royal rules, such as swapping out her wardrobe for more formal wear, getting rid of all social media, and learning new etiquette tactics. Of all the things on the list, we don’t see her traveling food restrictions being too much of a problem.
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