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Former royal chef claims he once mistook Prince Philip for the ‘palace gardener’

When it comes to the Royal Family, we’re used to seeing them dressed to the nines, in suits and gowns, attending banquets, balls and other important events.

But it seems in the privacy of their own palaces, their outfits aren’t always as glamorous as you might expect.

According to a former Buckingham Palace chef, Prince Philip would often walk around wearing “tatty old clothes”.

Darren McGrady, who cooked for The Queen and her family for 11 years, has previously shared a number of royal food secrets from the palace kitchens – including how he would make fat free meals for Princess Diana.

Prince Philip
Prince Philip was once mistaken for the palaca gardener

Speaking to Marie Clare, McGrady also confessed that he once mistook the Duke of Edinburgh for the palace gardener.

He said: “He came into the kitchen and I thought he was the gardener.

“He was this old man in tatty old clothes, he had a jumper on with the arms hanging out at the elbows – all tattered and worn.

“I looked and thought, ‘Oh, it’s the gardener.’

Former royal chef, Darren McGrady
Darren McGrady has shared royal kitchen secrets

“It was only after I looked closely that I saw it was Prince Philip.”

He went on to say that if you really wanted to see the royals when they are at their most relaxed, then Balmoral is the place to go.

McGrady claims the Royal Family would “really let their hair down” while staying there and Philip would often get involved in the cooking, outside on the grill.

“They relax and have fun,” he said. “At Buckingham Palace, the Queen was too busy and the kitchens too far from her apartment – so we never saw her.

“At Balmoral, we’d see her all the time. They were much more relaxed and had more free time. Philip would cookout on the grill.

“He’d come down to the kitchens and discuss what food we’d have: ‘Do we have any salmon that any of the family have caught? The queen’s been picking strawberries with Princess Margaret, let’s have those for dinner.'”

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