Royal Family: Prince Charles's favourite breakfast is very unusual and he always sends half of it back

Many members of the Royal Family enjoy appearing as normal to the public as possible. Whether it is Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or Princess Anne, some royals work hard to appear relatable. On the other hand, there are some others who are well-known for enjoying their privileged lifestyle and make very little effort to hide their eccentric behaviour.

One such royal is Prince Charles. While he works incredibly hard to support his several charitable causes, many stories have surfaced about the Prince of Wales’ taste for the finer and more specific things in life. From having his shoelaces ironed to bringing his own toilet paper and landscape paintings with him on his travels, Prince Charles certainly knows what he likes.

royal family: prince charles's favourite breakfast is very unusual and he always sends half of it back
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The Prince of Wales is well-known for speaking out about his passions for protecting the environment and the importance of organic farming – and he clearly practices what he preaches according to former members of royal staff. One incredibly specific breakfast request was revealed by former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the family for more than 15 years. He explained that Prince Charles likes to ensure the royal pantry is well stocked with “his own produce”.

McGrady said: “The instruction was to put two plums and a little juice into the bowl and send it into him for breakfast. I’d send in two plums and he would take one so it would come back out after breakfast and I’d put the other plum back into the jar and save it.

“One morning I thought, ‘ok, he only eats one for breakfast,’ so I only put one plum into the bowl and sent it out into the dining room. The attending [waiter] came through and said, ‘can His Royal Highness have two please?’ So I had to keep sending two in every morning.”

royal family: prince charles's favourite breakfast is very unusual and he always sends half of it back
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Another somewhat eccentric item that makes its way into the heir to the throne’s luggage is his breakfast box which is said to come with him when he travels anywhere in the world. So, what are the items that Prince Charles cannot live without? Chef Graham Newbould revealed: “Prince Charles has a healthier option. He’d have homemade bread, a bowl of fresh fruit, fresh fruit juices.

“Wherever the Prince goes in the world, the breakfast box goes with him. He has six different types of honey, some special mueslis, his dried fruit and anything that’s a bit special that he is a bit fussy about.” Prince Charles’ exacting standards are not new as several stories have surfaced in the past about his taste for the finer things in life.

royal family: prince charles's favourite breakfast is very unusual and he always sends half of it back
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In the documentary Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm, Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell revealed: “His pyjamas are pressed every morning, his shoelaces are pressed flat with an iron, the bath plug has to be in a certain position, and the water temperature has to be just tepid. He has his valets squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning.”

Further stringent travel demands have been laid bare in Tina Brown’s explosive tell-all book ‘The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – the Truth and the Turmoil’. She details how the Prince of Wales purportedly sends a van of his possessions to his friends’ country houses the day before he’s due to stay to unload his “bed, furniture and even pictures”.

This includes his orthopaedic bed, lavatory seat and Kleenex Velvet lavatory paper. Brown also claims Charles brings his own landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to decorate his room.

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