Former royal chef reveals Princess Diana and Prince Charles made life ‘very normal’ for William and Harry -despite Elton John and the Dalai Lama dropping in for lunch

  • Carolyn Robb was personal chef of Prince and Princess of Wales and their family
  • Was with family for eleven years, with a total of thirteen years in royal household 
  • The chef says Prince Charles and Princess Diana were 'just like normal people' 
  • Said Princes Harry used to hide in kitchen cupboard but giggling gave him away 

A former royal chef at Kensington Palace has told how Princes William and Harry were 'warm and caring' to others, even as children. 

Carolyn Robb, now 53, joined the royal household when William and Harry were seven and four, and went on to observe at close hand Charles and Diana’s divorce. 

The chef, who cooked for the pair for eleven years, and in the royal household for a total of thirteen years, claimed the family were 'very normal', despite famous visitors such as Stephen Fry, Elton John and the Dalai Lama. 

While being interviewed for Yahoo UK's video series 'The Royal Story', she told that the royal children 'loved' coming to visit her in the kitchen, and she would often hide Harry in a cupboard - though he would soon be rumbled after giggling too loudly. 

'Very little has changed, they were always so interested in what you were doing, which I think is unusual for a child… They're so warm and caring,' she said. 

The former royal chef at Kensington Palace has told how Princes William and Harry were 'so warm and caring' as children. The pair are pictured with their parents The Prince and Princess of Wales in the wildflower meadow at Highgrove

The former royal chef at Kensington Palace has told how Princes William and Harry were 'so warm and caring' as children. The pair are pictured with their parents The Prince and Princess of Wales in the wildflower meadow at Highgrove

Carolyn Robb, 53, joined the royal household when William and Harry were seven and four, and remained for thirteen years

Carolyn Robb, 53, joined the royal household when William and Harry were seven and four, and remained for thirteen years 

She added: 'When William and Harry were small, they loved to come into the kitchen. They would fly in for five minutes and make something. 

'Being an old palace with old floorboards you could usually hear them. 

'We fortunately had low down cupboards where we could hide Harry; although his giggling usually gave him away.'

 She explained that despite many people's preconceptions, the Prince and Princess of Wales were surprisingly down-to-earth. 

She claimed the family were 'very normal' and said the late Princess of Wales especially, wasn't interested in fancy meals

She claimed the family were 'very normal' and said the late Princess of Wales especially, wasn't interested in fancy meals

She explained that despite many people's preconceptions, the Prince and Princess of Wales didn't dine on 'lobster, foie gras and caviar'

She told: 'People tend to imagine that every day it's lobster, foie gras and caviar, but Prince Charles and Princess Diana were just like normal people, they're just like you and I.'

'If Princess Diana was at home on her own in the evenings, she would just ask for a plate of food to be left in the fridge.'

'Charles and Diana were very professional about everything, they kept everything very normal for the sake of William and Harry.'  

Although the royals kept things normal in the kitchen, that doesn't mean they didn't have their fair share of celebrity guests coming in and out of Kensington Palace. 

Although the royals kept things normal in the kitchen, that doesn't mean they didn't have their fair share of celebrity guests coming in and out of Kensington Palace - including the Dalai Lama

Although the royals kept things normal in the kitchen, that doesn't mean they didn't have their fair share of celebrity guests coming in and out of Kensington Palace - including the Dalai Lama

She told that Princess Diana would often ask for a plate of food to be left in the fridge 

 She told: 'Elton John springs to mind, as does Barbara Streisand, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson… even the Dalai Lama came for lunch!'

Three years ago, Carolyn launched The Royal Touch, a cookery book and also an homage to the family she grew to adore. 

She previously told of how her cookery style is old-fashioned and understated, without a green-juice smoothie in sight. 

She said: ‘I advocate a common-sense approach. My recipes are made with ingredients that can be found at Waitrose; you don’t need speciality shops. 

'I have sympathy for people with wheat and dairy intolerances, but I don’t suggest that the general population sign up to fad diets and exclude whole food groups. My parents lived to 89 and 92. 

'As long as you use fresh, quality ingredients, and avoid processed foods, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a bit of everything.’ 

Former royal chef reveals how Princes Harry and William were 'so warm and caring'

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