Prince Harry shed light on Prince Philip's delicious dishes at Balmoral in his memoir SparePhoto: Getty Images

Prince Philip’s secret skill that his grandchildren have never forgotten

Since its publication, Spare, the candid autobiography of Prince Harry, has dominated news stories. The memoir also provides a touching glimpse into Prince Harry’s royal childhood, in addition to the Duke of Sussex’s explosive claims about everything from physical assaults to scathing text messages between the Princess of Wales and his wife Meghan Markle.


Prince Phillip used to book spaghetti bolognese on the grill
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The father of two recalls his grandparents’ Scottish Highland summer vacations in one of the chapters. The late Queen Elizabeth II regarded Balmoral, where she lived as a royal, as one of her favorite places on earth. According to Harry, this was the place where she seemed to feel most like “Granny” as opposed to the Queen.

During the family’s vacations at Balmoral, Harry’s grandfather, the late Prince Philip, was renowned for his love of barbecues. He even had a trailer built specifically to house all the equipment.

But Prince Harry reveals that his grandpa’s barbecue expertise went beyond simply grilling meat. Prince Philip was a master at preparing spaghetti bolognese over coals; we can only imagine how delicious this Italian classic would have tasted!


Prince Philip and the Queen loved spending summers at their Scottish home
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Prince Phillip’s grilling prowess was previously revealed by former royal chef Darren McGrady in a Marie Claire interview, who noted that Philip frequently visited the kitchens to find out about ingredients.

“Do any of the family members have any salmon that they have caught? Let’s have strawberries for dinner since the Queen and Princess Margaret just picked some,”” Darren thought back to the Duke of Edinburgh’s query.

Sheena Stuart, the housekeeper at Balmoral, claimed that Prince Harry’s grandparents were happiest when hosting casual gatherings for friends and family. Sheena revealed in her interview with Countryfile: “The Duke prepares the meal while the Queen sets the table. There is no staff present to provide services.”

The Duke would “enjoy the prospect of setting up his barbecue in the unlikeliest spots – and cooking anything that took his fancy,” royal journalist Robert Hardman continued. Who would have thought that his must-grill menu would include spaghetti bolognese?


The Duke was known for his “good, simple cooking” at home, but he was also known for being unafraid to try new flavors and challenging recipes.

The snipe that the royal prepared himself after shooting at Sandringham was his most ambitious dish, according to King Charles.

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