The Prince of Wales reportedly enjoys a boiled egg with each meal. Despite not having lunch, the heir apparent also likes his breakfast to include a cheesy baked eggs dish.
As well as his love for eggs, which was revealed in Jeremy Paxman’s book, On Royalty, Charles requires his eggs cooked until they reach the prefect texture.
Mr Paxman wrote: “Because his staff were never quite sure whether the egg would be precisely to the satisfactory hardness, a series of eggs was cooked, and laid out in an ascending row of numbers.
“If the prince felt that number five was too runny, he could knock the top off number six or seven.”
Prince Charles’ former private chef, Mervyn Wycherley, confirmed the author’s claims.
He said: “Prince Charles’ eggs had to be boiled for exactly four minutes.
“It was never anything other than a four-minute egg.
“I always kept three pans boiling — just to be safe.”
Actor Josh O’Connor, who portrays Charles in the hit series The Crown, confessed in an interview with Vanity Fair that he would like to grill Charles about his love for eggs.
Mr O’Connor said: “I’d probably ask Prince Charles if it’s true that he has a boiled egg with everything that he eats.
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“Rumour has it, he doesn’t eat lunch and whenever he eats, he’ll always have a boiled egg. It doesn’t matter what it is…
“I wouldn’t ask him anything about Diana. “I wouldn’t ask him anything about Camilla. “I just want to know about the boiled egg.”
During the coronavirus lockdown, the heir apparent even shared a recipe loved by him containing eggs in a show of support for British cheese producers during the British Cheese Weekender online festival.
In an Instagram post featuring the recipe, Charles wrote: “One thing that undoubtedly brings many of us great comfort is good food.
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“It is, therefore, deeply troubling to learn that this crisis risks destroying one of the most wonderful joys in life – British cheese!
“British cheesemakers need our support during this time of great uncertainty, and we can all help in the simplest way.
“By sourcing British cheese from local shops and cheesemongers, and directly from producers online, you can make a vital contribution to keeping these small businesses afloat during the prevailing crisis.”
In an interview with Country Life magazine, Prince Charles thanked farmers and food producers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “What this national crisis has also brought home, dare I say it, is how much we rely on our agricultural community and all those in the food supply chain, from field to fork.
“The retailers have been doing an outstanding job responding to the unprecedented pressures, and so has the entire supply chain.
“The delivery drivers, shelf-stackers and all the others serving shoppers are providing an immensely important service in this time of great need.”
Highlighting the importance of appreciating the value of food, he added: “When was the last time anyone gave the availability of a bottle of milk, or a loaf of bread, or fresh vegetables a second thought?” he asked.
“Suddenly, these things are precious and valued. And this is how it always should be.
“Food does not happen by magic. If the past few weeks have proved anything, it is that we cannot take it for granted.”