Princess Diana had a close relationship with her two sons and always wanted them to have as normal an education as possible, regardless of the fact that the future king of England was.
She took William and Harry on family vacations, rode them on water rides in amusement parks, and even had a cheeky young Harry eat a dessert for breakfast, according to a former royal chef.
Carolyn Robb, 53, worked as a chef for Prince Charles and Diana when they were still married and signed as their chef at Kensington Palace in 1989.
In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, Robb revealed how a handwritten note from Diana revealed so much about the “people’s princess.”
Robb explained that Harry came to the kitchen one day and asked for pudding before he even had breakfast. She hesitated and informed the young prince that he should first ask his mother.
“So he left, wandering back a few minutes later with a note that Diana had written:” Mommy says it’s okay, “she said, adding that she recognized the Princess Wales’ own signature on the note.
Robb finally gave Harry the dessert he had come for, but it wasn’t really one she’d cooked.
Diana even cooked minuscule puddings the size of 50 pence for her sons, a sweet treat that the two clearly admired.
That was not the only way the princess in the kitchen helped, Robba’s often adding Diana to the dishes and preferring simple food that the cooks could easily beat together.
Charles, on the other hand, was a little more picky with his food, Robb admitted that he was always focused on serving products that were in season.
“You wouldn’t dare serve asparagus in December,” she said.
Robb was the first female chief who apparently employed the heir, but it wasn’t him who interviewed her for the position.
Instead, Diana “came into the kitchen [and kicked off her shoes”) to interview the young chef at the time, with Robb adding that there was plenty of “laughing and joking” during the interview.
She was the princess of the people for a reason, and Diana’s natural ease with Robb and homemade treats for her sons are sweet memories of why she was so loved.
As Harry becomes a father every day, we wonder if he will share his mother’s old 50 pence recipe with his first child with wife Meghan.