Life at Kensington Palace was full of ups and downs in the late eighties and early nineties. The royal residence’s key occupants, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, were struggling with a marriage breakdown in the public eye while raising two young children. But, within palace walls, everything was kept as normal as possible. According to Carolyn Robb, the couple’s former chef, the pair were “very professional about everything and kept everything normal for the sake of William and Harry.” Robb, who worked for Diana and Charles in Kensington Palace for eleven years, has nothing but praise for her former employers. In an exclusive interview with royal reporter Omid Scobie for Yahoo UK, Robb talks about what life in the palace was really like for the Wales’. Life was “normal” when the family was at home, recalls Robb: “We had the equipment we needed but it was by no means the latest induction hob.” The kitchen was “the gathering place,” Robb explains. “Everybody popped in and out. There were always other people in the kitchen, usually protection officer drinking cups of tea. And certainly there were occasions, particularly if Princess Diana was at home on her own in the evenings, she’d say: ‘just leave a plate of food in the fridge for me’. I think it was nice for her to be able to just pop into the kitchen and help herself and have things a little more informal at times.” Harry and William would “fly in and out” of the kitchen, hiding from their nannies in the cupboards. “Usually Harry’s giggling gave him away,” says Robb. Robb didn’t just cook for the family: she was responsible for feeding visiting diners, including A-listers such as Elton John, Emma Thompson and Barbara Streisand. She even once cooked for the Dalai Lama during a visit to Kensington Palace.
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Africa is a special place for Prince William and Prince Harry. Botswana was the first place they went to after their mother's death in 1997, to mourn in private. Harry has visited several times and had his third date with Meghan Markle in Botswana. William also spent time in Africa during his gap year in 2000 and proposed to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton in Kenya Royal commentator Omid Scobie tells Yahoo UK's 'The Royal Box': "For Harry it [Africa] was a place that, really shortly after his mother’s death, it was the first place he could actually go and feel he could mourn in private and feel left alone and not feel like a member of the Royal Family, he felt like just Harry. "I think he’s really found himself over the years and also been able to experience really special moments in his life in Africa. We know that Harry and Meghan spent a lot of time there, on their third date, they spent six or seven nights there under the stars." The Sun's former royal editor Duncan Larcombe says: "Botswana, in particular, has been this sort of vow for Harry. "When he was a 12-year-old, that was the first country that he went and had some private time after his mother’s death. But equally, one of the other real lows in Harry’s life was when he was dragged out of Afghanistan because that fact that his secret deployment had hit the papers, meant he had to come home. "He was absolutely furious. Where did he go? With Chelsy [Davy], straight to Botswana. "It’s where he goes when there’s steam coming out of his ears to calm down and of course now, taking Meghan there, it’s a very, very special place for Harry. "Let’s look at the pattern here. Where do the royals go? They go to places where they can be anonymous and that’s as close as they can be to being normal."
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William always take a vital essential on their royal tours with them - a supply of their own blood. The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’: “If it’s the Queen, Prince Charles or Prince William, they’ll have the royal physician with them, with a bag full of their own blood, just in case something happens.” With Charles and Camilla going to New Zealand, Kate and William set to travel to Pakistan and Meghan and Harry heading to Africa this autumn - who is in their royal entourage? The Sunday Times' royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah explains: "It tends to be between 12 - 14 in the entourage. It tends to be three press secretaries, a private secretary, sometimes an assistant private secretary will go as well, a hairdresser, a valet, a digital person who assists with communications."