The monarch refuses to pick up the tropical fruit and peel back the skin before tucking in like the rest of us and instead insists on using cutlery every time. This is because the 93-year-old is keen to avoid “looking like a monkey”, according to chef Darren McGrady, who cooked for the Queen and the Royal Family from 1982 to 1993. He explained: “Holding the fork, cut off one end of the banana, then cut off the other end.
“Then you turn the knife on its side and cut into the skin to prise the banana open.
“Once this is done, you cut a little bit off and eat it.”
Mr McGrady has said that while the Queen has very specific rules on how she consumes her food, is in not in fact a “foodie”.
The Queen, 93, uses a knife to peel a banana before tucking in, her former chef has revealed (Image: GETTY)
The Queen's former chef said she fears she will 'look like a monkey' if she doesn't use cutlery (Image: GETTTY)
He said she eats to live rather than lives to eats and her passion for food differs greatly from that of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The chef and author who is now based in Dallas, Texas, said Prince Philip “loves to eats and would stand and talk food all day” if he had the chance.
While the Queen is known to indulge in lavish five course feasts for state banquets and special dinners, on nights when she is not entertaining any guests she sticks to healthy options.
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The monarch refused to eat bananas by hand and instead uses a knife and fork (Image: GETTY)