Meghan Markle is forbidden from eating this one food as a member of the royal family
Probably due to the fact that most of us dreamed of becoming princesses all throughout our childhood, you'd think that Meghan Markle's new life as a royal has given her an abundance of new luxuries. I'm talking visions of four-poster beds lined with silk, towers of macarons, champagne bottles for daily high tea, and – for some reason – puppies... everywhere.
But while we may imagine that her lifestyle as the Duchess of Sussex is fancy as heck, it turns out that she's actually having to cut out a few things too. We all know that she can't take selfies anymore, and she had to delete her personal Instagram, as well as her lifestyle blog, The Tig (RIP).
Another thing that Meghan might be lamenting the loss of is one particular food item. It's been revealed that the 36-year-old – as well as all the other members of the royal family – aren't allowed to eat a particularly pungent foodstuff while travelling on royal business. And it must be sad news for the former Suits star, who is known to be quite the foodie.
Meghan better get used to her meals becoming more bland, because it's been revealed that she isn't allowed to eat garlic while travelling on official royal visits. Why? Well, because of bad breath (obviously).
"Garlic is banned from being included in foods eaten by royal family members. With many meetings between official visitors, it is thought to be advised against to prevent any awkward bad breath," the Sunday Express reports.
On top of that, Queen Elizabeth also has a personal vendetta against the pungent bulb - reportedly having a strong dislike of garlic.
"We can never serve anything with garlic or too much onions," the royal chef at Buckingham Palace, Darren McGrady, told RecipesPlus. "The Queen would never have garlic on the menu."
No onions or garlic? With most recipes incorporating the two vegetables as the base of the recipe, I can imagine that the Queen's bolognese is going to taste nothing like that of the one Meghan's mum used to make...
Royal family members are also forbidden from eating shellfish while travelling for official visits. This includes shrimp, lobsters, mussels, clams, oysters and scallops, and they're restricted because of the high risk of food poisoning they carry. Especially when royal visits are very jam-packed, a day off to nurture an upset tummy isn't really feasible.
Meghan and Prince Harry's first official trip as a married couple will be to Dublin next month. But the real struggle will be when they embark on their Commonwealth tour to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand later in the year for the Invictus Games. The countries of the Oceania continent are known for their world-class seafood, but as it turns out, the royals won't be allowed to touch any of it.
Well, looks like it's more garlic-stewed mussels for us!