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Secret royal curry lover revealed


Prince Harry revealed a royal secret recently when he attended the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch at the Guildhall recently. Harry, himself, developed a taste for curry during his tour of duty in Afghanistan when he ate many goat curries cooked by Gurkha soldiers. However, during the lunch, an annual charity event for the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Harry confided to a fellow guest that his father, Prince Charles, also shared a penchant for the spicy dish, remarking that it was a shame he wasn’t there as well. Prince Harry had a 10-year career in the Army which included two tours of duty in Helmand Province.


In a message of support in the programme for the event, which was also attended by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and ABF president General and former Chief of General Staff, Sir Mike Jackson, Prince Harry wrote: “Although this is the first time I have attended the lunch, I am keenly aware of the significant contribution this event makes to the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and their ability to support soldiers and veterans, both regulars and reservists, who have served in conflicts from the 1940s through to Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families. “In 2016, as we continue to reflect on the First World War, we remember the selfless service and dedication shown by members of the armed forces, past and present.” After the lunch of tandoori chicken with pilau rice, followed by mango kulfi, Harry was able to chat to Afghanistan veterans helped by the charity. Guests he spoke to included Andy Reid, a former member of the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment who lost both legs and his right arm in an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan. Harry commented: “There are a lot of black-tie diners – put on a black tie, drink champagne – it’s a bit stuffy. “This is a curry, which is the backbone of Great Britain, and it’s a very informal way to get a lot of people together and raise a lot of money and raise awareness about the charity.” Prince William, who has recently returned from a trip to India and Bhutan, according to his wife, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, does not share his brother’s love of curry. Nevertheless, whilst visiting the IORA resort in Kaziranga he was served a dish containing one of the world’s hottest chillis, Bhut Jolakiya.


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