Princess Diana regularly treated William and Harry to McDonalds in a deliberate effort to give her sons a 'normal' upbringing, a former Royal Family a
Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler, recalled that each Saturday the Princes would wolf down a Big Mac and chips slumped in front of a trash TV show.
And a Kensington Palace kitchen chef said that, despite having a team of top chefs at their disposal, William and Harry would regularly seek out fast-food diners.
Princess Diana rides the log flumes at Thorpe Park in 1993 with her sons Harry (middle) and William. The Princess was keen to give her sons a ‘normal’ childhood
Paul Burrell (left), Diana’s butler, recalled that each Saturday the Princes would wolf down a Big Mac and chips slumped in front of a trash TV show.
A Kensington Palace kitchen chef recalled that, despite having a team of top chefs at their disposal, William and Harry would regularly seek out fast-food diners
‘I remember the Princess came into the kitchen one day and said “cancel lunch for the boys I’m taking them out, we’re going to McDonald’s,”‘ Darren McGrady told Marie Claire magazine.
‘And I said, “Oh my god your royal highness, I can do that, I can do burgers.”
‘And she said, “No, it’s the toy they want.”
‘Yeah, the boys loved McDonald’s, and going out to pizza, and having potato skins—sort of the American foods. They were royal princes but had children’s palates.’
Mr McGrady’s account of the Princes’ appetite for junk food is supported by Mr Burrell’s stories about their youth.
The Princess of Wales on a ski lift with Prince William and Harry in Lech, Austria
To allow her Royal sons (William, seven, left and Harry, five, right) to live as normal a childhood as possible, she insisted that they attend school, rather than being educated at home
He told the Mirror: ‘The three of them would nip to McDonald’s for and fries before coming back to watch Blind Date.
‘All three of them would squat on this massive, stuffed hippopotamus Diana had in her sitting room.’
Before her tragic death in 1997, Diana was widely praised as being a hands-on mother to the Princes, breaking from Royal tradition which usually sees nannies help raise the children.
She also reportedly chose the names William and Harry herself, pushing back on Charles’ preferred choices of Arthur and Albert.
And to allow her Royal sons to live as normal a childhood as possible, she insisted that they attend school, rather than being educated at home.
Subsequently, William became the first heir to the throne to go to school, attending Jane Mynor’s nursery.