The Duchess of Sussex previously revealed what her favourite dish to cook is – but did this ‘game changing’ recipe help her win royal hearts?
In an interview for the August 2016 edition of American Good Housekeeping magazine, Meghan Markle revealed that her favourite dish to cook in the kitchen was a classic roast chicken. However, Meghan also admitted that her special ‘game changing’ method of preparing the chicken and the recipe she uses is so good that whenever she serves the dish she makes ‘a lot of friends’.
“There is nothing as delicious as a perfectly roasted chicken,” the former actress confided to the magazine.
“I bring that to dinner parties and make a lot of friends!”
But what exactly is the recipe? While Meghan didn’t actually reveal the secret ingredients herself, she did confess the celebrity chef who was the inspiration behind the dish.
“If you have an Ina Garten–level roasted-chicken recipe, it’s a game changer,”. And in Ina’s recipe, is a range of tasty but traditional ingredients including onion, garlic, lemon and thyme. Mm-mm!
It’s also been said that the royal-to-be is a huge fan of ‘Caribbean jerk chicken’ – so it seems if she’s not making a more traditional roast chicken recipe, she’s partial to a little bit of spice!
It could well have been Duchess Meghan’s incredible roast chicken recipe that not only helped her woo Prince Harry in the many dates they revealed they had at his Kensington Palace cottage but also helped win over one of the most important people in Prince Harry’s life – his brother Prince William.
At a launch event last year for charity RICS to mark its 150th anniversary, Prince William revealed that just like Meghan, he is a fan of roast chicken. However, unlike his sister-in-law, he is ‘not very good’ at cooking.
“I do like cooking but I’m not very good,” Prince William confessed.
“I like a roast. So a bit of roast chicken or a steak,” William went on to explain to TV presenter Angellica Bell, who won the 2017 series of Celebrity MasterChef.
So, could it have been Meghan’s winning recipe for William’s favourite roast chicken that helped her win the approval of her now brother-in-law?
Well, she certainly won Prince Harry’s heart, who revealed in the couple’s engagement interview with BBC News broadcaster Mishal Husain that he and Meghan enjoyed many cosy date nights in at his cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace. In order to evade prying eyes and camera phone photos, the couple enjoyed spending time chatting and cooking together at Harry’s London home.
It was on a night just like that, that Prince Harry chose to propose to Meghan Markle. And the dish they were cooking together? None other than Meghan’s favourite recipe – roast chicken!
“It was just a cosy night. What were we doing? We were trying to roast a chicken,” Meghan recalled, describing how Harry popped the question during the BBC interview. “It was just an amazing surprise.”
From our sister site GoodToKnow. Words by Rachael Martin.