By Emma Dooney
Prince Charles is unlikely to eat lunch at the COP26 event this week, despite following a gruelling work schedule.
- It's understood that Prince Charles has, and will continue to, avoid lunch at the COP26 climate summit this week in Glasgow.
- The Prince of Wales has long had a complicated relationship with food, and it looks unlikely the environmental event will help to change this.
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Prince Charles’ unusual lunch habits have long been the subject of public interest, even getting a mention in the infamous scene of Princess Diana meeting Camilla Parker-Bowles in The Crown Season Four.
The 72-year-old is known to skip the midday meal most days, preferring to line his stomach in the morning with a protein-rich breakfast that'll (hopefully) keep him satisfied until dinnertime. His strange eating pattern has even been acknowledged by Clarence House, who confirmed that Charles doesn't eat lunch in a website post celebrating his 70th birthday.
According to former royal correspondent Gordon Rayner, the eldest of the Queen's children believes that lunch is a 'luxury' that interferes with his busy work schedule.
"He eats a late breakfast and works through," the Telegraph editor revealed, after traveling the world with Charles. "I found this out the hard way, by going hungry when I started covering royal tours and watching enviously as his long-suffering staff produced snacks from pockets so they could eat on the go."
With so many VIP people to meet at COP26, it's unlikely that the Prince has veered away from his intermittent fasting over the past few days. Aside from enjoying a cheeky whiskey, there's been no sign of the royal heir grabbing a bite to eat at the event—despite the presence of five catering joints on the premises.
The Prince's tastes aren't exactly in line with the COP26 menu options either, many of which include meat, dairy, and fish. Organizers of the event have been heavily criticized online for selling high carbon dishes like venison and beef burgers, with several people slamming the availability of animal-based meals at an environmental conference as hypocritical.
It is pretty ridiculous...Serving industrial farmed red meat and farmed salmon is not an effective way to convince people you care about the environment.https://t.co/gJee8hzM27November 3, 2021
Charles announced last month that he has significantly reduced his animal product intake in response to the climate crisis, revealing that he avoids meat two days a week and ditches dairy on one day a week. He went on the urge the public to follow suit and rethink their diet, which is considered to be one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
"If more did that you would reduce a lot of the pressure," he added.
As long as we don't have to skip lunch Charles, we're totally on board.
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