The Fancy Dish That Is Banned From The Royals' Menus

It's no secret that the royal family is very particular about what and how they eat. There are tons of food rules that the British monarchy has to follow, from pointing the handles of their forks and knives to the bottom right of their plate when they're finished to never eating rare meat or shellfish when they're traveling. Then there are all of the royals' food preferences, like how the Queen prefers her sandwiches with the crusts cut off (via Reader's Digest) and Prince Philip has a very specific way he takes his tea, according to Express.

There are also some foods that are completely off-limits in the royal kitchen. One of those forbidden foods? Foie gras. Despite the fact that the fancy goose liver dish is one of the most popular delicacies in France, the royal family refuses to eat it or even purchase it. Here's why you'll never see foie gras on the menu in the British castle.

Foie gras is too controversial for the royals

While the French may love foie gras for its rich flavor and buttery soft texture, there's a lot of controversy and scandal surrounding the elegant dish. It's all about the method used to make the popular pâté. According to the World Animal Foundation, foie gras often involves extreme animal cruelty via a process known as gavage. Essentially the duck and geese are force-fed corn through a feeding tube that's shoved down their throats. This causes their liver to swell up to six to ten times the size of the average bird's liver which is not only very painful but also kills the bird after a few days of suffering.

This cruelty spurred Prince Charles to ban foie gras from the royal menu back in 2008, as reported by Marie Claire UK. Not only that, but he also considered withdrawing the royal warrant from his favorite cheese shop (The House of Cheese in Tetbury) solely because they sell foie gras.