Princess Diana’s former chef spoke to Insider about what it was like to work and live with the royal family at Kensington Palace.
Carolyn Robb, who lived in an apartment close to the family, witnessed firsthand how the media attention negatively impacted Princes William and Harry growing up.
“Whenever they’d drive out of Kensington Palace knowing there was a barrage of press photographers at the gate every morning when they went to school, [it] must have been incredibly difficult,” she told Insider.
The chef also gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse into royal life, saying that she cooked for Diana and Charles during their overseas tours so they didn’t inconvenience their host country.
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“People assume that they live on a diet of caviar and lobster and foie gras, which really isn’t the case,” Carolyn Robb, former chef to the royal family, told Insider.
“Because they’re out and about so much and doing so many official engagements, obviously people are entertaining them and everybody wants to make sure they’re well looked after,” she added.
“So they have to eat quite a lot of rich food when out and about. But at home it tends to be all light home cooking.”
Robb knows the secrets of the royal household better than most. Not only did she cook for the family from 1987 until 2000, but she also lived alongside the royals at their Kensington Palace home during her post.
The former royal chef spoke to Insider about the delights and challenges that came with being able to call Princess Diana both her boss and her neighbor.
Robb saw firsthand the negative impact fame had on the royal family
Prince Harry recently compared his wife Meghan Markle’s treatment in the British press to how the tabloids treated Princess Diana.
“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he said.
“I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he added, referencing the paparazzi that chased Diana’s car in Paris before it crashed, leading to her death in 1997.
However, Harry’s exposure to the paparazzi began long before Diana’s death.
“Certainly I would say for Princess Diana and for all of them — the young boys as well, whenever they’d drive out of Kensington Palace knowing there was a barrage of press photographers at the gate every morning when they went to school, must have been incredibly difficult,” Robb told Insider.
“At the time I was working for them, the media hype with Princess Diana was at its peak.
“I can only imagine how incredibly intrusive and difficult it must have been for all of them, particularly at the time they went their separate ways,” she added, referencing Diana and Charles’ separation in 1992 and subsequent divorce in 1996.
“So I can see why Harry would want to make things easier for his own son.”
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Source:: Business Insider