Former royal family cook Carolyn Robb has given a rare insight into the home lives of the royal family, revealing they are not as high-maintenance as you might think.
Kate Middleton does most of the cooking for her husband William and their two young children, the British chef told Racked.
“As far as I understand, they don’t have a chef at the moment,” Ms Robb said.
“They have a small household and can fend for themselves. They’ll probably want to do that for as long as they can. Have a normal family life because that will really change when you have butlers and nannies and cooks around, the house is no longer your own.”
The British chef spent 11 years working at Kensington Palace, cooking for Prince Charles and Princess Diana and their sons, Will and Harry.
When asked to clarify whether the busy mother-of-two and globetrotter really did all the kitchen work, Ms Robb said Kate’s “normal” upbringing helped to keep her grounded.
“Yes, Kate does quite a lot of the cooking at the moment. You have to remember that she’s not royal,” Ms Robb said.
“She comes from a normal background and a normal home where she’s always cooked for herself.”
She added that Will appreciated Kate’s approach to family.
“What I’ve always heard is that William enjoys spending time with her family because they just eat together at the kitchen table like a normal family. I’m sure that that’s what they still do.”
Ms Robb also shared some kitchen quirks of her former bosses Prince Charles and Princess Diana, including Charles’s affinity for tupperware and their hatred of garlic.
“Yes, the prince was very economical and very much believed that nothing should go to waste,” Ms Robb said when asked if tupperware was a regular fixture in the household.
“If there were leftovers, they’d be used one way or another. If not for him, then rehashed and used for a meal the following day.”
The personal chef and cookbook author said the only thing off limits during her time cooking for the pair was garlic.
“The reason for that was that they obviously did a lot of public engagements and were in close proximity to people and never wanted to have garlic,” she explained.