Breastfed? Vegan? Organic? What we know about how royal babies eat

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There’s already been quite a lot of chatter about how Meghan and Harry’s newborn will be fed, so we thought we’d dig a little deeper into how royal babies really eat.

Let them eat cake?

Turns out that the royal diet for little ones has evolved considerably since Queen Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles, as royal mums and dads have pretty much kept pace with how the rest of us choose to eat.

The Queen was quite the revolutionary when it came to birth and breastfeeding matters. She was the first royal mum to have the incoming baby’s father at the birth, inviting Prince Philip to be present during Prince Edward’s birth, and the first to breastfeed her babies, starting with Prince Charles. 

Princess Diana also breastfed her boys William and Harry, and Duchess Kate is reported to have breastfed Prince George.

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Fancy comfort

When it comes to food, the royal diet has evolved for little ones. Royal chef Darren McGrady worked at Buckingham Palace as the Queen’s head chef from 1982 to 1993 and then as chef to Princess Diana from 1993 through 1997. He’s shared details of what William and Harry ate during their early years – and it sounds a lot like what your kiddos enjoy, we’re guessing.

Darren told Today that the royal nanny determined what the baby and toddler princes would eat, but as they grew older Diana and the boys had more of a hand in what ended up on the table.

“Nanny was in charge of this menu and gave instructions on what Prince William could, would and should eat,” Darren explained, recalling that fruit and vegetable purees were the order of the day and that meals were served very, very fancily. “William even had his own nursery footman that would carry his — and his nanny’s — food up to the nursery.”

“Once the boys had moved to solid foods, the kitchens would suggest the menu to the nanny … while the boys were royal princes, they still had children’s palates,” Darren told Today. “They loved comfort foods. Cottage pie, shepherds pie, chicken in a cream sauce with rice, spaghetti Bolognese, mac and cheese and pizza. And lots of chocolate desserts and ice cream, too!”

The next generation

So what of William and Harry’s own children? Well, we know that Prince William’s kids George and Charlotte also have pretty typical kid tastes. Charlotte’s favourite food is pasta while George loves pizza, just like his daddy. We haven’t heard a lot about what Prince Louis eats yet, but have our ears to the ground on that.

And Harry’s little one? What will he or she be eating? Meghan is likely planning to breastfeed her baby, at least in the early days, as other royal mums have. She’ll have the best lactation consultants on tap, so has every chance at success. 

The Sussexes have also planted an organic vegetable garden at their new home at Frogmore Cottage, following in the footsteps of organic enthusiast Prince Charles who has his own organic farm. Thus it’s a good guess that Baby Sussex’s diet will focus on organic produce. There had been suggestions that Meghan wanted to raise a little vegan, but really there’s no actual evidence to back this claim up. Neither Meghan or Harry are documented as vegetarians or vegan – unless it’s happened very recently.

Baby Sussex is due any day now – or may even have already arrived. William and Kate were spotted visiting Harry and Meghan over Easter and some suggest that they may have actually been there to meet the newest little royal. Again, there’s no official confirmation of this as yet, with the parents/parents-to-be keeping their birth private until they’ve had time to enjoy their newborn.

Meanwhile, royal watchers are glued to their Instagram notifications, awaiting that exciting baby news! 

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