- Princess Diana’s personal chef said she would offer to make him coffee and ask him questions about the dates.
- Darren McGrady told Insider the Royal often speaks candidly to him about her life.
- He said he always called her “Your Royal Highness” to remember that she was the mother of a future king.
Princess Diana’s former personal chef said the royal would offer to make her coffee and talk to her about her love life.
Darren McGrady, whose website notes that he worked directly with Diana for four years at Kensington Palace from 1993 until his death in 1997, told Insider they could talk frankly for hours.
Before working for Diana, McGrady said he spent 11 years at Buckingham Palace starting in 1982.
“If the Queen came into the kitchen you would come to attention out of respect,” he said. “But when Princess Diana walked into the kitchen, she was like, ‘I need a coffee. I’ll do it. I’ll make you one.'”
McGrady, who is played by Sean Harris in Pablo Larraín’s 2021 biopic ‘Spencer’, added that the Princess of Wales will also be asking questions about her personal life.
“She was like, ‘So what’s going on at home? Do you have a daughter? Are there any girlfriends there?'” He said.
He added that he would make a conscious effort to call her “Your Royal Highness” in casual conversations so that he would remember that although she would never be Queen, she was still the mother of the future King.
Due to his close working relationship with the Royal Family, he said Diana confided in him on everything from the Royal Family to his enjoyment of British soap operas.
“She would come and talk about what the royals were saying. She would come and talk about what was going on in her life with the Prince of Wales and the boys. She would talk about what was going on on TV,” McGrady said.
He said that due to the time they spent together he had come to know Diana well. As a result, he is often outspoken about the accuracy of film and television portrayals of her.
Speaking to Insider’s Mikhaila Friel in January 2021, McGrady said Netflix’s “The Crown” was wrong to suggest that Diana and Charles had never been in love. More recently on his YouTube channel, he described all the details he thinks “Spencer” was right and wrong on the princess and the royal family as a whole.