It’s easy to assume that the royal family subsists on a diet of caviar and Dom Pérignon, eating nothing but fare fit for kings and queens. That fanciful image, however, belies what we know about Britain’s royals and their eating habits (see here to find out what they really eat!). And when it comes to their children? Based on interviews, public statements and assorted anecdotes, it appears that what Prince William and Duchess Kate feed their little ones isn’t all that different from what North American parents typically feed their kids. Read on to see for yourself!
Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Royals — they’re just like us! Well, not really… unless the topic at hand has to do with the food that Prince William and Kate Middleton feed Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3. While Duchess Kate has publicly professed her love of cooking, she’s also hinted she may not be that good at it. “William has to put up with my cooking most of the time,” she said at a 2016 gala, prompting her husband to quip, “It’s the reason I’m so skinny.”
Kate revealed that pizza is one of her kids’ favourites. “I’ve done that with George and Charlotte — making pizza dough,” she said recently, according to Hello! magazine. “They love it because they can get their hands messy.”
Cereal and Bananas
Back in 2011, Kate was seen doing her own grocery shopping (gasp!), and was observed to be stocking up her cart with such items as Kellogg’s breakfast cereal. She’s apparently passed down her love of cereal to Prince George, with People magazine reporting his go-to breakfast is cereal with sliced bananas on top.
William and Kate were once spotted chowing down on a box of popcorn while attending a Nets game. It’s not a stretch to think they’d also offer this healthy, nutritious snack to their kids, once old enough. In fact, we’re wondering if Prince George has ever swiped popcorn from his Uncle Harry, who’s no stranger to youngsters absconding with his popcorn.
We know Prince George is allowed to enjoy the occasional ice cream cone thanks to this unbelievably cute photo that wound up generating royal controversy. In the photo, the generous young prince is offering a bite of his ice cream to the family dog, Lupo; it didn’t take long for pet lovers and animal-rights activists to pipe in by pointing out that ice cream and other types of dairy products are difficult for a dog to digest, and can wreaking havoc on a dog’s digestive system (not to mention antique rugs in Kensington Palace).
In 2017, Will and Kate told a BBC Radio One deejay that their idea of the perfect evening was curling up on the couch while eating a bowl of takeout curry and watching an episode of Homeland. Let’s assume that curious George has asked to taste what mommy and daddy are eating, although it’s a mystery as to whether he liked it.
Bangers and Mash
Before marrying Prince William, Kate Middleton was known to regularly cook up a batch of bangers and mash as her go-to comfort food. It would be highly unlikely that she didn’t pass on a fondness for this quintessentially British dish to her children.
Kate Middleton was fond of a particular burger at the Ebury Brasserie, a local eatery in London that’s since closed. If Kate is a burger fan, we’re quite sure her kids will be, too!
In early 2018, Duchess Kate was meeting with children in a hospital, one of whom revealed that he liked olives. “I used to eat lots and lots of olives when I was little as well,” she told the boy. Given that it was a childhood favourite of hers, you can bet that her kids are following suit.
During that same visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, Duchess Kate revealed one of her daughter’s favourite foods: “Charlotte likes pasta too,” she stated.
Arguably the cutest royal photo to emerge during the holiday season in 2017 was this one of little Prince George intently working on a candy cane. Other photos showed Charlotte eating a candy cane as well. Like most parents, Will and Kate likely relax the rules a bit when it comes to sweet treats during the Christmas season.
When Prince William and Harry were youngsters, they thoroughly enjoyed shepherd’s pie – and still do to this day! In fact, it’s known to be a favourite for the entire royal family, which would obviously include George and Charlotte.
When Christmas Day comes around, the royal family enjoys a traditional holiday meal with all the trimmings, including a big roast turkey. George and Charlotte enjoy their turkey separately at the kids’ table. According to Harper’s Bazaar Australia, the reason the little royals aren’t allowed to sit with the adults at family dinners is because they have yet to master the “art of polite conversation.”