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Revealed: The time Princess Diana's cooking 'nearly set the whole palace on fire'

The royal's former chef shares incredible story

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Sophie Hamilton
Parenting Editor
July 5, 2021
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The royal family have a team of chefs who cook their meals at the palace, but every so often they do like to prepare their own meals.

According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, one incident with the late Princess Diana in the kitchen caused quite a drama.

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Speaking in a YouTube tribute video on the mother of Princes William and Harry, Darren recalled the fascinating event.

He says: "I cooked for the Princess Monday through Friday and weekends I'd actually leave food in the refrigerator for her plastic-wrapped, and if she wasn't going out she would just help herself to that.

"I used to put a little sticky note on it with a number. Stuffed bell pepper had a number two – it meant 'put it in the microwave and press two'. She wasn't a good cook!"

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The late Princess Diana

"One time it was one Sunday... she had a friend come over and they decided to cook pasta and some spaghetti sauce. They got chatting the pasta boiled over and it put the pilot lights out on the gas.

"She came into the kitchen a bit later on and she could smell gas. She called the palace fire brigade!"

Darren continues: "Monday, I came into work and she [Diana] came running into the kitchen. She said, 'Darren you won't believe it, I cooked at the weekend but I nearly set the whole palace on fire.'

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Kensington Palace where Princess Diana lived

"But what it was, was the pilot lights had gone out. She said, 'I was so nervous, I called the palace fire brigade and they all came over but the best part was, I had 12 hunky firemen all to myself!'

"You're royal highness!" Darren said to Diana.

Wow, what a story! We wonder if William and Harry have heard that one before, or if Diana ever cooked at home again after that?!

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