- Prince Charles made a guest appearance on MasterChef Australia.
- Fans were left with a bitter taste in their mouths, though, as the royal didn’t appear to eat anything.
- It may be because royals are encouraged to avoid exotic foods that carry a higher risk of infection — or he just wasn’t hungry.
Fans of an Australian cooking show were left feeling short-changed after Prince Charles made an appearance on the program but didn’t eat anything.
Charles, who is heir to the British throne and will likely become king of Australia too, was invited on MasterChef Australia this week.
While there he was offered a range of Aussie delicacies from wallaby tart to green ants.
However, footage of the prince eating either wasn’t aired or doesn’t exist, outraging fans.
"This is something I'll remember forever!" Our contestants had the once in a lifetime opportunity to not only cater for His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales but also to meet him. @ClarenceHouse #MasterChefAU pic.twitter.com/nazeRY1NuC
— #MasterChefAU (@masterchefau) July 4, 2018
“Promotion all week ‘Cook for Prince Charles’ except he doesnt [sic] eat anything. EPIC FAIL,” one wrote.
Promotion all week ‘Cook for Prince Charles’ except he doesnt eat anything. EPIC FAIL #MasterChefAU
— Adam B (@addymelb) July 4, 2018
“I feel cheated that Prince Charles isn’t actually even shown eating anything,” said another.
I feel cheated that Prince Charles isn’t actually even shown eating anything #masterchefau
— Lynn Kyaw (@lynnskyaw) July 4, 2018
Others made jokes about the episode:
— Joe Hildebrand (@Joe_Hildebrand) July 4, 2018
There could be some logic behind Charles’s apparent snub.
The BBC reports that the royal family is encouraged to avoid certain food groups, including shellfish, to reduce the risk of infection.
However, the rule clearly isn’t too strictly enforced — Charles was photographed sampling English oysters in 2013.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales tries an oyster as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looks on during their visit to The Whitstable Oyster Festival on July 29, 2013 at Whitstable Harbour, Whitstable, Kent.Arthur Edwards / WPA Pool / Getty Images
Speculation aside, there’s every chance his royal highness just wasn’t in the mood for wallaby and ants that day.
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