Royal chef who held Prince Harry as a baby speaks out on Netflix documentary and comparisons between Meghan and Princess Diana

Darren McGrady held Harry “as a baby whole Princess Diana was eating cereals”, and he’s got some opinions on the Netflix special

A royal chef has responded to Harry and Meghan's Netflix special
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Ever since the release of the first three episodes of Harry and Meghan – the global Netflix event offering a new, never-before-seen look at the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the past few years – many different people have chimed in with their opinions and reactions. While some have never met either Harry or Meghan, one man who has known Harry since he was a baby has shared his own takes.

Someone who has known Prince Harry since he was a baby has shared his take on the ongoing saga stemming from their controversial Netflix series.

Darren McGrady, a royal chef who worked with the family for over a decade, took to social media to dispute any comparisons made between Meghan Markle and the late Princess Diana.

He wrote, “Prince Harry, with respect sir,  Your wife will never be like/similar to your mother. I knew Princess Diana for 15 years. Not even close.   #PrinceHarry #NetflixHarryandMeghan”

Darren’s comments come as Harry revealed he was terrified Meghan would be chased away by the media, comparing his wife to his late mother many ways.

Darren McGrady has known Harry since he was a baby

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"So much of what Meghan is, and how she is, is so similar to my mum," Harry says at one point in the series. "She has the same compassion, she has the same empathy, she has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her."

That wasn’t the only insight the chef had to share, however.

One sticking point from the first three episodes is Meghan’s impression of having to curtsy for Queen Elizabeth II when she met her.

While some enjoyed the amusing flourish Meghan added for exaggeration in explaining how strange it first felt having to curtsy before her partner’s grandmother, others have suggested it showed a naivety or lack of respect for tradition.

Darren’s comments seemingly support the latter.

He wrote, “I've known Harry since I held him as a baby while #PrincessDiana was eating cereals in the kitchen at Windsor Castle. The look on his face when his wife laughs about (having to) curtsy to The Queen says everything for me #NetflixHarryandMeghan”

Darren is the same royal chef who recently revealed the Queen’s boring Christmas dinner favorite

Recalling what he’d whip up for the late monarch and the family on Christmas Day, Darren explained that they kept it quite traditional. He added that the family stuck to turkey and the trimmings, and there wasn't much else on offer when it came to meat - with no sign of gammon or goose on the Queen's Christmas dinner table.

"It was the same meal every year. They're actually boring when it comes to festivities. They didn't do hams or anything, just traditional turkeys," he said.

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