Prince Charles Has a Favorite Recipe Fit For a Royal That You Can Make at Home

The royal family has some of the best and most experienced chefs cooking their meals for them. But some royals actually like to cook for themselves (gasp) from time to time and the future king is one of them.

For years no one was sure exactly what Prince Charles ate until his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall appeared on an episode of MasterChef Australia and dished on some of his eating habits. The duke later admitted that he has cooked a few meals in his time and broke down his favorite dish as well as his own creation. Here’s more on that and the recipe for his preferred dish that you can try at home.

The prince has his own grouse creation

Charles is a fan of organic food and Camilla dished on a few things the Duke of Cornwall really loves to eat.

“He loves local cheeses. He’s a huge cheese fan. Anything to do with cheese, he’ll love,” the duchess told MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan, adding, “And eggs, with a bed of local vegetables — he’d love that…You’d definitely see a smile.”

Following Camilla’s admission, the prince agreed to guest edit an edition of Country Life magazine. The Duke of Cornwall explained that he skips lunch most days and takes his tea in an unusual way for a Brit. He has Darjeeling with a splash of milk and honey.

The heir apparent also revealed that his favorite dish is pheasant crumble pie and he enjoys cooking with grouse (a game feathered bird). He called one of his creations “Groussaka,” inspired by the Greek classic moussaka.

“I got this recipe from someone I know. It is delicious,” the Prince of Wales wrote. “I invented a grouse one recently, Coq au Vin with grouse, as well as moussaka with grouse (instead of lamb) in other words, groussaka!”

John Williams MBE, who is the executive chef for The Ritz London, spoke about cooking with grouse.

“It was the first thing I had ever touched in a professional kitchen,” he said. “I come from a seaside town, so I was much more used to fish and I’d definitely never encountered that aroma before. But, you know, today, it’s one of my favorite smells. Come the Glorious Twelfth, I’m outside that door anxiously waiting for the birds to arrive.”

How to make pheasant crumble pie

Williams demonstrated how you can cook up a pheasant crumble pie at home.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pheasant
  • pheasant stock
  • butter
  • flour
  • cream
  • parsley (chopped)
  • thyme
  • 1 medium onion (cut into medium dice)
  • 1 large carrot (cut into large dice)
  • 4 sticks of celery (cut into quarters)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 juniper berries
  • 4 peppercorns
  • sherry
  • 2 smoked streaky-bacon rashers
  • white breadcrumbs
  • finely grated Parmesan

Then follow Williams’ instructions to make a pheasant crumble pie just like the Prince of Wales loves to eat.

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Prince Harry's Been Communicating With Prince William on a "Pretty Consistent Basis" Source Says

If nothing else, it appears that the current crisis around the globe has put things in perspective for Prince Harry and Prince William. The royal brothers had been struggling with their different views and perspectives on royal life. As the elder prince has leaned into the traditions of the British royal family as a future Crowned King, the younger prince has decided to forge his own path.

Though there had been whispers of strife between the formally close pair, Prince Harry finally acknowledged what was happening in an October 2019 documentary. “Part of this role, part of this job, this family, being under the pressure which it’s under, inevitably stuff happens,” he stated in ITV’s Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. “But we are brothers. We will always be brothers.”

Though Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussexes’ final royal engagement seemed to be full of tension, Prince Charles’ recent coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis may have helped the brothers put their previous issues to the side.

Prince Harry and Prince William barely spoke during the Duke of Sussex’s final royal engagement

Since most of the world watched the brothers grow up side-by-side, they always imagined that they would remain a united force. “Courtiers imagined in the future that Harry would be shoulder-to-shoulder with William when he was King,” Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son author Penny Junor told People. “He would pick up the bits that William wouldn’t be as good for. They would be complimentary and side-by-side throughout their lives. That was a lovely picture. Harry was the secret weapon, really.”

However, amid their previous issues and Megxit, the brothers’ relationship appeared to be more strained than ever. During the Sussexes’ final royal engagement, Commonwealth Day on March 9, the brothers barely spoke.

According to Royal commentator Camilla Tominey, the Daily Telegraph’s lip-reader gave the lowdown on the brothers’ conversation. Prince Harry’s full quote which he is claimed to have said to Meghan was, “He literally said: ‘Hello, Harry’ and that was it and he didn’t say anything more than that.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been trying to ease tensions with the royal family

Though there were obviously some hurt feelings that led the Sussexes to Megxit, they do not want to be estranged from the royals. “Meghan wants Harry to remain close to his family,” a source told Hollywood Life. “There’s no question about that. It’s been a tough time but at the end of the day he still loves his family and that won’t change and hasn’t changed. He has always been close to his grandmother and he very much wants her to have time with Archie, he loves seeing them together. It was sad they couldn’t bring Archie over on their trip but it was the sensible choice and everyone understood. They do want to go back as soon as they can to remedy that though.”

So far, there has been some communication between the Sussexes and the royals. “Things are in a better space now between the couple and the royal family,” an insider told Entertainment Tonight. “While of course there have been tensions, the family is getting through it.”

Prince William and Prince Harry have been communicating

The global crisis and their father’s diagnosis seems to have eased the tense feelings between the royal brothers.

“Meghan told her inner circle of friends that Harry has been communicating with Prince William and the Queen on a pretty consistent basis,” an insider told Daily Mail. “She said this world crisis has actually brought them all closer together, especially Harry and his brother. Harry has made it very clear to them that he will do whatever he can to help from Canada. Meghan said they are grateful, especially Harry, that they could spend time with his family before all this insanity began.”

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Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new life

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped a royal bomb in January 2020 with the following announcement: 

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote in a statement. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.”

The statement continued, “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

With their so-called “Megxit” officially taking effect March 31, 2020, they spent their time leading up to it in Canada with son Archie, and completed their final official royal duties in early March 2020. What is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new quasi-commoner life like now?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't allowed to brand themselves as Sussex Royal anymore

One of the most immediate changes for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their internet-breaking announcement was a superficial one: What would we call them? The Daily Mail reported that despite Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan attempting to trademark the name “Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” they wouldn’t be able to use “Sussex Royal” in their branding. A source told the outlet, “In many ways this is inevitable given their decision to step down, but it must surely come as a blow to the couple as they have invested everything into the Sussex Royal brand The Queen would have had little choice, however.”

Speaking with NBC News, a rep for the Sussexes said that the trademarks were merely filed as a protective measure to keep anyone else from using “Sussex Royal,” but that they’d dropped the filings. Still, in a statement on the Sussex Royal website, the couple noted, in part, that “there is not any jurisdiction by The Monarchy or Cabinet Office over the use of the word ‘Royal’ overseas.'” The statement also noted that Harry and Meghan had no intention of using “any iteration of the word ‘Royal’ in any territory”, and would abide by a mandated “12-month review period” before finding “employment outside of the institution.” You can almost taste the salt, but they relented, and “HRH” (Her Royal Highness) has noticeably been removed from Duchess Meghan’s patronage Smart Works website.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were sad to leave the royal family, but didn't feel supported there

Sources told People that the decision for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to leave their roles as senior royals wasn’t an easy one. “It’s bittersweet for Meghan and Harry,” the insider said. “It’s been really sad for them, because they tried.” Still, the insider added, “This is what Meghan and Harry have always wanted — to create their own life. It’s got to feel like an immense relief to get out of the U.K. and go down their own path.”

However, a source told Us Weekly that forging their own way forward wasn’t their only reasoning behind Megxit, and that Prince Harry may have been more angry than weepy upon the couples’ resignation. The press had been particularly ruthless towards the former Suits actress, and Prince Harry got fed up. “When it became clear Meghan was never going to get a fair shake, Harry snapped,” the insider alleged, adding, “He’s adamant that it was his call to move to Canada.” 

One British journalist opined to Vanity Fair that the racism and sexism directed at Duchess Meghan in the press was too much for the Sussexes to bear — and that there may have been some disappointment in the Queen not addressing Meghan’s treatment publicly to help her.

Prince Harry: 'Sometimes the right decision isn't always the easy one.'

Prince Harry has made plenty of on-the-record statements about the couple’s reasoning behind Megxit. However, it was in conversations recorded at the end of 2019 and early 2020, that Prince Harry confessed to who he thought was climate change activist Greta Thunberg and her father that he felt like he had to step down as a senior royal in order to protect Meghan Markle and son Archie from the outside world. Unfortunately, the conversation was actually with Russian pranksters posing as the real-life Swedish superhero and her dad. 

In any case, Prince Harry told who he believed was Thunberg (via The Sun), “Sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one. And this decision certainly wasn’t the easy one but it was the right decision for our family, the right decision to be able to protect my son. And I think there’s a hell of a lot of people around the world that can identify and respect us for putting our family first.” He also admitted that “marrying a prince or a princess is not all it is made out to be.” Prince Harry also admitted in the call that living a low-key life was much preferable for him than being a royal.

Queen Elizabeth sympathizes with Harry and Meghan

Despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the U.K. and their senior royal roles, sources say that the other royals, especially Queen Elizabeth II, still adore them. A friend of the royal family told People that the Sussexes are still “much loved members of the family” despite the tension surrounding Megxit, adding, “That stuff runs deep. There is an element of working things through.” The insider said there absolutely was a lot of hurt initially, but that the brood is collaborating well and “kindly” as they work to map out the Sussexes’ future.

Sources told The Sun that Prince Harry enjoyed a heart-to-heart with Queen Elizabeth II over lunch before his and Duchess Meghan’s final royal engagements, and that the queen’s invitation for them to join her at a church service in honor of a fallen soldier was a pointedly kind move. “It was a very moving moment, and a poignant service — and the royals met the family of the soldier afterwards to offer their support.” The source added that the entire service and interaction between the royals was a “respectful” one.

Royal biographer Robert Lacey offered yet another perspective on the queen’s grace towards her grandson and his bride, telling People, “She has a particular sensitivity to what Harry has been going through because of her closeness to Margaret and seeing the same dramas and tensions played out two generations ago.”

Are Prince William and Prince Harry still beefing?

Though Queen Elizabeth II and other royals may still have a soft spot for Prince Harry, his big brother Prince William may having a harder time adjusting to Megxit. Numerous reports claim that Prince William was furious with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from senior royal duties, but their issues reportedly started much earlier, allegedly when Prince William first warned Prince Harry that his relationship with the former actress and lifestyle blogger was moving too quickly. 

In April 2019, sources told the Daily Mail that Prince Harry and Prince William had reconciled. But that October, Prince Harry admitted in an ITV documentary that he and William were “on different paths at the moment,” and in January 2020, when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan revealed they’d be stepping down, insiders said there was additional strain. “This is not how they wanted to handle this, but Meghan and Harry’s hand was forced,” a source told People. “There is so much bad blood in that family — it’s toxic. If relationships had been better, things would have been different.”

In any case, a source told People in a separate report that Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship is now “forever changed,” adding, “They won’t get back to the way they were. Harry is looking straight ahead at his future with his family. He’s not looking back.”

Kate Middleton probably won't hang out with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle much

Kate Middleton likely isn’t a big part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s life anymore, either. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Sussexes celebrated Commonwealth Day in March 2020, there was what many interpreted to be visible tension between the couples. During a very brief interaction at the Queen’s procession in Westminster Abbey, Prince William could be seen greeting Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan momentarily, but it appears Duchess Catherine doesn’t even make eye contact with the pair. At other times during the ceremony, Middleton can be seen speaking to the Earl and Countess of Wessex sitting next to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, but doesn’t appear to interact with the Duke or Duchess of Sussex at all.

A royal insider told Vanity Fair of Middleton’s frosty interactions with Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, “Possibly she was tired but she didn’t look overjoyed. To be honest I think Kate has taken it all badly. She, Harry and William were once such a happy trio, she thinks what has happened is all very sad.” Meanwhile, a source told Us Weekly that Middleton was exhausted, and that she misses her bond with Prince Harry and “fears she’ll never be close with him again” — but when it comes to Meghan, “They couldn’t be further apart.”

Much of the Sussexes' Buckingham Palace staff didn't make it through Megxit

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had to let go of most of their U.K. palace staff upon their exit from their senior royal roles. Page Six reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex threw a farewell party for their employees in early March 2020, and that their staffers were weepy at the luncheon in their honor. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan had a staff of 15, but most of them became redundant once the couple crossed the pond. This includes their star-studded communications team, led by Sara Latham, who previously worked for Hillary Clinton and the Obamas.

“Harry and Meghan have often done fun things like throwing pizza parties or hiring ice cream trucks for their staff, but they wanted to do something special going into this last week together,” a source told Page Six. “They toasted the team and thanked them for everything they have done. Some of the staffers cried. They’ve all been through so much together and the staff have been working around the clock to make sure this last visit was as seamless as possible. Meghan and Harry really wanted to show their appreciation, they know how hard everyone has worked.”

It’s unknown which, if any, staffers Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will take with them to Canada — but if tabloid reports about the Sussexes being difficult bosses are to be believed, the axed employees may or may not be dodging a bullet.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are embracing their privacy in Canada

As of this writing, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are residing in a friend’s mansion on Vancouver Island in Canada, in part because of the privacy the area affords.

British Columbia has a special Privacy Act providing protection from the British press, People reports. Privacy expert David Fraser explained to the magazine, “It specifically says that surveillance can be a form of privacy invasion.” He added, “Privacy is also one of the only areas of law that protects a certain set of feelings related to being surveilled or being ‘creeped out.’ So, if you think you’re alone and somebody steps out from a shadow, that jarring feeling of intrusion is something that privacy law increasingly is protecting.”

Duchess Meghan has been spotted on hikes with her dogs, security team, and baby Archie in tow. In one particular excursion, Duchess Meghan appeared to smile seemingly right at the paparazzi’s lenses, as captured by photos and video published in the Daily Mail. She later threatened to pursue legal action over the pictures, according to Harper’s Bazaar, which reported that the Sussexes’ legal team alleged that the photos violated her rights and that the paparazzi action was “alarming.” On another calmer trip, People reported that Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry, and her Suits co-star Abigail Spencer sweetly helped a couple of fellow hikers take a photo.

Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle considering a move to California?

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are spending most of their time in Canada with baby Archie, as of this writing, they’re rumored to be eyeing properties in Duchess Meghan’s native California as well. People reported that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are looking forward to spending time in Los Angeles this summer where Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, lives, with a source telling the magazine that the Sussexes will likely have properties in both places.

A source also told E! News, “They have started to look at homes online and are in the process of interviewing security teams. They are getting their ducks in a row and seeing if it’s logistically possible.” The couple have a few “non-negotiables” for their future stateside home. “Meghan would like to be able to do meetings at the house and also be able to host friends and entertain,” the insider said. “Those are two things that are important to her.”

Before purchasing a property, the Daily Mail reported, the couple may rent a palatial pad in Malibu, previously inhabited by Kylie Jenner. The home, called the Petra Manor, has high ceilings, an amazing pool, tennis courts, a home theater and a big kitchen with two islands.

Meghan Markle may want to go back into showbiz

A big reason why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may want to settle in Los Angeles, Calif., besides having her only non-estranged family member there: Some reports suggest the former Suits actress wants to dip her toes back into her Hollywood life. The Sun reported that Markle is eager to meet with agents and to form a professional team in the City of Angels, but that she’s unlikely to appear in scripted works. 

“Her preference is to explore the route of a documentary in which she is able to follow up some of the causes she is interested in,” a source said, adding, “This wish has been the focus of some of her most recent meetings and will likely shape the kind of work the agent Meghan goes with seeks to get for her. She is very excited about what the future holds.” 

According to the U.K.’s Sunday Times, Duchess Meghan is already slated to do voiceover work for Disney in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders.

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