Princess Diana’s chief reveals that she didn’t enjoy celebrating her birthday
Princess Diana’s former chief has revealed that she disliked celebrating her birthday – because it meant she had to get ‘another year older’.
Today is the 59th birthday of the late Princess of Wales and Darren McGrady, 58, who cooked for the late Princess of Wales for four years from 1993 until her death in August 1997, has opened up about her special day.
That told the culinary expert, who now lives in Texas Hello! that on her birthday, the royal would usually opt for a low-key affair with ‘no special dishes or cake’, and spend the day having lunch with friends for a ‘quiet evening’.
Princess Diana’s former chief, Darren McGrady, 58, (pictured), cooked for the late Princess of Wales for four years from 1993 until her death in August 1997
He revealed that Diana, pictured in 1989, did not enjoy celebrating her birthday as it meant she had to be ‘one year older’
“Princess Diana didn’t really want to celebrate her birthdays,” Darren said, “it meant another year older. So no birthday cakes or special dishes. ‘
The Princess of Wales would normally enjoy a quiet lunch with her ‘girlfriends’ followed by a ‘quiet night’, and on her special day, she would often opt for something like grilled fish or stuffed bell pepper.
He explained that the Royal Family’s birthday at Kensington Palace was his most hectic day, simply due to the enormous amount of flowers that came from friends and Diana’s various charities.
The Princess of Wales would normally enjoy a quiet lunch with her ‘girlfriends’ on her birthday
Darren previously shared how Diana changed his cooking style from heavy sauces to healthy eating, and asked him to cook her stuffed peppers several times a week – sometimes casually eating with him in the kitchen.
During his four-year stint with Diana in the mid-1990s, he recalled in a video with Delicious how while the queen always clung to her planned menu book, Diana often changed her mind at the last minute and made the royal kitchen a ‘relaxing place to work’.
About the first time he met the late royal, he said, ‘I remember the first time I met Princess Diana, I was at Balmoral Castle and worked in the pastry shop to make apple pies.
“The pastry chef was sitting on one side of the table and we were just chatting. I looked up and Princess Diana stood right behind him.
“My face was a picture – I was beetroot and just stared at the princess. “Hello” and “Goodbye” is all I remember to say. ‘
The mother of two, pictured with Prince William and Harry at Kensington Palace, would enjoy a ‘quiet night’ and would often opt for something like grilled fish or stuffed bell pepper
Darren then went on to cook for Diana and William and Harry, revealing, “When I got to Princess Diana, she was a patron of 119 different charities, trained at the gym three times a week and looked the best she ever did.
“She had conquered and faced the bulimia and she said to me,” Darren, you take care of all the fat, and I take care of the carbs in the gym.
My kitchen changed – no more heavy creams and rich sauces. It was healthy food, and the stuffed bell pepper was one of her favorite dishes she probably ate two or three times a week. ‘
For Diana, Darren spent seven years cooking for the Queen and admitted to Hello! that she is an ‘absolute chocoholic’ – however she will only indulge in dark chocolate, never white or milk.
“She’s definitely a chocoholic. She would choose anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on it, especially chocolate cake. ‘
He discovered that Queen Bendicks’ best choice is Bittermints – a dark chocolate cake filled with mint, which was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1962 – said to be her top choice ‘to snack’.
For Diana, Darren spent seven years cooking for the Queen and admitted to Hello! that she is an ‘absolute chocoholic’