Does The Royal Family Do Their Own Grocery Shopping?
While Southerners are known to dress up to peruse the produce at the local Piggly Wiggly, most of us leave the tiara at home. Turns out, so do the members of the royal family when they hit the grocery store, too.
Kate Middleton was reportedly spotted grocery shopping at a supermarket in Norfolk, England, near her family’s country home, Anmer Hall.
The eight-months pregnant Duchess of Cambridge filled up her cart with what we can guess were Prince George’s and Princess Charlotte’s favorite snacks. She pushed her own cart down the aisles, had her groceries packed in reusable bags, and them loaded the groceries into her Range Rover. This isn’t the first time the Duchess has been spotted shopping, either. As People notes, she was previously photographed at a Waitrose grocery store a week after her royal wedding, and has been seen at the Tesco in North Wales later that year.
Kate, who grew up as a commoner before marrying Prince William, is not the only royal to have a fondness for a quick run to the store. Prince Harry enjoys it on occasion, too. “Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality,” he told Newsweek last year. “I do my own shopping. Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone. But I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too.” He then added that he would do his own shopping, even if he was king.
That love of grocery shopping is unlikely to change when he marries Meghan Markle next month. The actress-turned-princess-to-be was spotted picking up a few supplies at a supermarket close to Kensington Palace, back when she and Prince Harry were dating. And, of course, Markle spent a lot of time in grocery stores while filming this Tostitos commercial back in 2009.
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As for whether you’ll spot the Queen of England picking up a box of Kellogg’s cereal (they do have a royal warrant) if you spend enough time at the grocery store near Buckingham Palace, it’s unlikely. "I would sincerely doubt that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall nip out to a local Tesco's or Waitrose, certainly not the Queen, as their household staffs take care of shopping—and I expect most is delivered to their respective homes," royal expert and founder of the Royal Musings blog, Marlene Koenig, tells BAZAAR.com. She also suspects that Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice who aren’t regular attendees at royal engagements do their own shopping.
In any case, it never hurts to continue to dress up before heading to the store, you never know who you might run into.