The Wales children aren't allowed to eat with their parents – here's why

george of wales, prince louis of wales and princess charlotte of wales depart buckingham palace in a horse drawn carriage
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It's fair to say Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have had to learn to follow more rules than just your average child (bedtime, eat with your mouth closed, no swearing). And it seems that, among the many extra formalities that come with being a royal, they don't get to sit with their parents during official dinners either – that's according to a former royal chef.

And apparently, they might not be able to join William and Kate round the dinner table (that includes at Christmas) until they have "learned the art of polite conversation".

Darren McGrady, who worked for the late Queen and Princess Diana, said royal children instead ate their festive lunch in the nursery with the nannies. "The children always ate in the nursery until they were old enough to conduct themselves properly at the dining table," he told Harper's Bazaar.

prince george of wales, prince louis of wales and princess charlotte of wales on the balcony during trooping the colour
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The chef also previously revealed how young Prince William and Prince Harry were introduced to a wide range of foods (including eating their greens) from a young age by their nanny in the nursery.

"The Royal nursery wasn't just for educating the minds of the young royals but educating their palates, too," he told Today. "Nanny always had control of the menu and made sure they ate balanced meals that included not only lots of healthy vegetables but introduced them to new grownup dishes too."

So, with George, Charlotte, and Louis all on summer holidays, they're expected to spend some time in Scotland at Balmoral Castle with their parents soon, joining King Charles and Queen Camilla. But while their family time is undeniably cherished, this could mean the little ones will still be separated from the grown ups during meal times.

But at least the three of them will be together, no doubt still having fun in between learning "polite conversation" and how to "conduct themselves properly"...

Cosmopolitan UK has contacted Kensington Palace for comment on the validity of this rule.

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