Princess Di Once Failed to Tell Oprah That Her Own 'Rich Dish' Was Fat-Free

Oprah WinfreyA girl's got to have her secrets, right? Don't we all want to be carefree ladies that love our food and just somehow manage to be naturally slender? It seems that royalty is no different, and Duchess Kate's late mother-in-law once kept a cheeky little secret from Oprah on how she managed to maintain her trim figure.

Darren McGrady, Princess Diana's personal chef, recently opened up about how his boss once fooled fellow dieter Oprah Winfrey into dining on a decadent dish while she partook of a fat-free version herself.


McGrady said that Princess Di didn't like to deprive her family or guests of his exquisite cuisine, so she requested that he just make her fat-free versions of whatever he was making for everyone else. She told him, "I want you to take care of all of the fat. I'll take care of the carbs at the gym."

So while little Wills and Harry might dine on roasted chicken and potatoes ("the kind that you bite into and oil just runs down your chin"), McGrady would poach some chicken and dry bake potatoes for the princess.

When Oprah came to visit for lunch one time, the chef prepared a decadent tomato mouse chock-full of heavy cream, sour cream, and mayo for the television host, and of course a fat-free version for Diana.

According to McGrady, Oprah put her spoon down after a few mouthfuls and asked, "Diana, how do you stay so slim eating rich food like this?" The princess replied, "I just eat small portions and work out." He claims, "Diana never did tell her the truth."

Somehow, I don't think Oprah will mind learning the princess pulled a fast one on her.

Have you ever kept a dieting secret to yourself?


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