A Former Palace Chef Reminisces About Prince Harry’s Mischievous Younger Years
"He was always around the kitchen, the naughty one with a big smile."
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding mere hours away, we can’t help but reminisce about the decades spent watching our favorite redheaded royal transform from a rambunctious youngster into a dignified man. Harry’s infectious, impish grin and reputation for mischief endeared him to us early on, and we have no doubt that hearts around the world will be breaking the moment he says, “I do” come Saturday morning. But at least we’ll always have the memories, right y’all?
In an effort to pinpoint exactly what the soon-to-be-wed royal was like as a child growing up in Kensington Palace, Business Insider spoke with the Queen's former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Princes William and Harry for 15 years. Not surprisingly, McGrady paints an adorable picture of a young Harry tearing about the place.
"Harry was lots of fun," McGrady told Business Insider. "He was always around the kitchen, the naughty one with a big smile."
He said that he used to bake the young prince a caramel banana cake for when he got home from school, and described Harry and his older brother William as "royal princes but with children's' palates," who were partial to American-style fast food.
Unfortunately their nannies decided the boy’s daily menu, and they usually opted for healthy, traditional roast meat and vegetables instead. But that doesn’t mean they lost their appetite for junk food.
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"One evening roast chicken was on the menu," McGrady recalled. "And I found a note on the desk that read 'Darren please give the boys pizza' signed Jess, the name of the nanny.
"But it was written in 10-year-olds' handwriting," he continued, adding that he soon realized that it was Harry trying to pick his own menu.
McGrady said he didn't make the boys pizza that night "because he was too scared of the nanny," but he kept the note to tease Harry about it.
Hopefully Harry had a little more luck influencing the wedding menu!