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Darren McGrady was a personal chef to the Queen, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry for fifteen years. During Channel 5’s documentary ‘Royal Servants in their Own Words’, Mr McGrady told viewers about the “scary day” Prince Harry almost seriously hurt himself.
Speaking about the young Prince Harry and Prince William, the documentary's narrator said: “The boys love of food nearly got one of them into serious trouble.”
Mr McGrady then told viewers: “I was cooking spaghetti Bolognese for them.
“I had a big pan of water on the stove and Prince Harry came over.
“I just happened to turn and look and he put his hand up on the pan and said 'what’s in here'.
Prince Harry almost got into “serious trouble” as a child
Darren McGrady was a personal chef to the Queen, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry
“And if I’d not been like Usain Bolt racing across the floor, he would have yanked that pan down and this boiling water would have gone all over him.
“That was a scary day.”
The royal chef also recalled a time when the young Prince William and Prince Harry tried to get him to cook pizza for dinner.
Mr McGrady said: “William and Harry they loved pizzas, burgers. They loved me to cook them burgers.
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Darren McGrady: “William and Harry they loved pizzas, burgers. They loved me to cook them burgers.”
“I remember coming into work one morning and nanny had asked for roasted chicken and she wanted lots of green vegetables served with it too.
“Well, I think William or Harry must have looked at the menu and thought ‘Hmm we don’t want that’.
“When I came in in the evening there was a note on my desk and it said ‘Darren, please give the boys pizza for their dinner tonight - signed Jess’.
“I looked at it and thought ‘Why is this in the writing of a five-year-old’ and then I realised who had written it.
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Royal chef Darren McGrady worked at Kensington Palace from 1993 to 1997
“They actually got the roasted chicken. I was scared of the nanny.”
Mr McGrady worked at Kensington Palace from 1993 to 1997.
But during the documentary, the royal chef spoke about working at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
The Scottish royal residence is visited by members of the Royal Family each summer.
Scotland is believed to be one of the Queen’s favourite places to visit.
Royal UK residences
Speaking about the preparation royal chefs undertake before a royal trip to Scotland, Mr McGrady said: “It took lots and lots of planning.
“You had to make sure that all the food was ordered to go into Balmoral Castle where we were going for four, six, eight weeks.”
He went on to explain how Prince Philip loved to cook at the Scottish residence.
The royal chef said: “Prince Philip loves to cook three, four, five nights a week.
“They would actually go off and barbeque in the hills.
“That’s when the Royal Family liked to sort of relax and let their hair down.”