Princess Eugenie Reveals That She Breaks This Royal Cooking Rule

She can't resist the flavor

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In case you're unaware, Princess Eugenie is quite the foodie. She spilled back in 2016 that she “[loves] cooking programs” and she even took a baking class in 2021 to support a charity that fights modern slavery. Now, in a recent appearance on the podcast Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware, the 33-year-old princess revealed that she often breaks the royal rule of never cooking with garlic and onions.

Why are garlic and onions a no-no in the royal family? Well, for the most obvious reason: They make your breath smell.

For senior members of the royal family who have a countless number of engagements, they can't afford to have smelly breath when meeting with people. That's why Queen Camilla said on MasterChef Australia, “Garlic is a no-no...You always have to lay off the garlic.”

This rule goes back to Queen Elizabeth II, who was staunchly opposed to the pungent vegetable. In 2020, royal chef Darren McGrady told Delish that the late queen banned garlic from all her dishes (but when he cooked for Princess Diana, she often wanted it). The Sunday Express shared a similar sentiment in 2018, when they reported, “Garlic [was] banned from being included in foods eaten by royal family members. With many meetings between official visitors, it is thought to be advised against to prevent any awkward bad breath.”

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However, in her appearance on the Table Manners podcast, Princess Eugenie revealed that she doesn't live by this rule when she started listing ingredients that she orders from the supermarket company Waitrose.

“We do one [Waitrose] order every week and everyone piles on everything they can on Sunday night and it comes on Monday morning,” the princess said. “Sundays are quite sad looking at my fridge.”

When asked what she gets, Princess Eugenie said, “Nothing interesting really. Chicken, sausages, always. Potatoes, onion, garlic.” She then revealed that she's never allowed to have onion and garlic at her parents’ house, as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson ban the vegetables, just like many other royals.

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Who knew royal rebellion came in the form of root vegetables?

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