The real reason the royals don't eat garlic or onions

It's been well documented that the royal family lives very differently than most of us, especially when it comes to rules. Royals have to follow many regulations on how they conduct themselves publicly and how others must interact with them, according to Harper's Bazaar. For example, when greeting Queen Elizabeth, women must curtsy and men are supposed to bow their heads. Then there's the more unique social cues guests must take note of. Apparently the Queen's purse isn't just for storage — where she places it sends social signals to those around her. If you're speaking with the Queen and she moves her bag from her left hand to right, she'd like you to wrap up. But did you know these rules also extend to what foods the royal family can eat? 

Some of the items you won't see served to the royal family include rice, shellfish, and the crusts on bread (via Delish). However, the Queen does love sandwiches, she just wants them with the crust removed. "A chef told me off for serving the sandwiches with crusts," former royal chef Owen Hodgson told The Telegraph. Two ingredients they absolutely must forego, however, are garlic and onion.

Why can't the royals eat garlic or onions?

While it's no secret that both garlic and onions are delicious, we all also know what they can do to someone's breath. According to Delish, the royal family avoids them because they are always meeting and talking with people, and want to make sure their breath doesn't smell bad. Camilla Parker Bowels appeared on MasterChef Australia and was asked directly what they can't eat. "I hate to say this, but garlic," Parker Bowels confirmed. "Garlic is a no-no." 

The Queen and her family must also try to avoid onions for similar reasons. However, they are allowed to have a few onions, if they are used sparingly in a meal (via Newsweek). A former royal chef, Darren McGrady, who worked at Buckingham Palace for over 15 years confirmed this. Per Newsweek, McGrady revealed to Recipes Plus that cooks "can never serve anything with garlic or too many onions."