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Prince Charles follows the Des O'Connor diet

March 25, 2004
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Prince Charles has revealed the secret of how he keeps trim. Apparently the future king has been following the example of well-preserved presenter Des O'Connor, by limiting himself to one meal a day.

He explained his regime to slimming guru Rosemary Conley, who came along to Buckingham Palace to receive a CBE. "We talked about the problem of national obesity," said the 57-year-old afterwards. "It's such a challenge - if the nation was as fit as the Prince, there would be no problem. He said he only eats one meal a day."

Veteran entertainer Des, who recently announced he is to become a father again at the age of 72, follows the same dietary plan. A Clarence House spokesman has also confirmed that the future king is a conscientious nibbler: "The Prince of Wales has long been an advocate of healthy eating and does encourage people to have a healthy diet."

Across the pond in Hollywood, meanwhile, Oscar-winner Tom Hanks has discovered another method to keep his waistline under control. The renowned performer says that English tea has enabled him to maintain a slimmer silhouette. "I gave up coffee and I'm drinking tea," he said. "My favourite is PG Tips. It's the number one selling tea in England."

He discovered the traditional cuppa while filming the movie Saving Private Ryan in the UK, and has since decided to go "tea-total". "I was drinking so many lattes I was putting away half a gallon of milk a day."

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When it comes to eating, the Prince of Wales is a once a day man, with strictly organic fare on the menu
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Tom Hanks went from distinctly chubby to positively svelte in the movie Cast Away. Since he discovered the English cuppa, however, his weight doesn't fluctuate quite so much

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