Prince Philip was ‘master of the barbecue’ and cooked on the grill himself

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PRINCE PHILIP had a special place in his heart for family barbecues and would even use the grill himself on occasion.

Darren McGrady, former palace chef, has said that the late Prince loved informal family meals and would occasionally cook himself at Balmoral. “Philip would cook out on the grill,” McGrady told Marie Claire.

“He’d come down to the kitchens and discuss what food we’d have: ‘Do we have any salmon that any of the family have caught?

“The Queen’s been picking strawberries with Princess Margaret, let’s have those for dinner.”

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away in April and the Queen visited their Norfolk estate for the first time since his death only last week.

“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke,” Prince Harry wrote in a statement after his grandfather died.

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Prince Philip loved informal family meals and would occasionally cook himself at Balmoral (Image: Getty)

“But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.”

According to the housekeeper in Balmoral, the Queen and her late husband used to enjoy hosting informal gatherings for friends and family in their home.

While “master of the barbecue”, the Duke of Edinburgh did not have a preference on what ingredients were served in his cooked meals.

Mr McGrady went on to relate how the Duke once turned down a hamper full of organic produce from Prince Charles.

“He looked puzzled so I opened [the hamper] up and I said, ‘It’s all organic’,” McGrady said.Royal Family

Queen and her late husband used to enjoy hosting informal gatherings for friends and family (Image: Getty)

“And he said, ‘Oh, bloody organic!’ And just shook his head and walked out.”

Prince Charles has been an adamant supporter of organic farming for many years.

In the mid-1980s he made the controversial decision to switch to organic farming, upsetting many British farmers.

However, around the early 2000s many farmers made the switch themselves and adopted practices he implemented two decades ago.

“With roughly half of all the habitable land on earth used for agriculture, I cannot think of a sector more central to the survival of the planet,” Charles told BBC Radio 4.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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