Even Prince Harry And Prince William Love These Common Foods

There are few chefs with celebrity street cred like Darren McGrady. He might not have been chef for a Michelin-starred restaurant, but very few can lay claim to the fact that he cooked for Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales; Prince William; and Prince Harry regularly, and for a decade and a half. Few can also say they cooked for five U.S. presidents, so when McGrady says the royals are just like you and me when it comes to everyday dining, it's a claim we can totally get behind.

One of McGrady's royal kitchen reveals is a dish enjoyed not just by both Princes William and Harry when they were younger, but, as he points out in a YouTube video, it's a dish most youngsters — no matter what their backgrounds might be — can get behind: crisp, roast chicken served with a rich, creamy mac and cheese. McGrady's roast chicken sounds like the perfect entree for two boys growing up in a health-conscious household.

Roast chicken was served a particular way

McGrady preps chicken thighs and proceeds to season them liberally with salt before popping them into the oven (via YouTube). But while the roast chicken might look tempting, the real star of the show, at least where we're concerned, is the rich, ooey-gooey mac and cheese, made with three cheeses: cheddar, parmesan, and mozzarella. "It's so easy to make from home, all you need to put in there is butter, flour, milk, cream, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and salt," McGrady says, like a gentle uncle. "Don't tell me you still use that packet mix" (via Hello! Magazine). 

McGrady also inadvertently reminds us that the boys aren't just like the children next door because of just who it is that oversees the meal prep as a whole. "William and Harry loved this [dish] with shucked corn, but when Nanny was in the house, she always insisted 'the boys must eat their greens,' and she insisted [that] it was broccoli all the time," McGrady reveals. He adds that each piece of chicken had to come with a piece of broccoli.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle haven't revealed much about what their children's meal habits might be, so we can only wonder whether the Cambridge and Sussex households have used the same methods to coax their little ones into eating their greens, too.