“Mummy says it’s ok!” the note says, handed from a young Prince Harry to the royal’s chef when he wanted treacle tart before breakfast. The chef, Carolyn Robb, 53, started working for Prince Charles and Diana at Kensington Palace in 1989. Ms Robb has now provided a rare glimpse into the private family life of Diana and her beloved boys.
Ms Robb told the Sunday Times that Princess Diana used to make puddings the size of 50p pieces for the two princes.
Once, a little Harry came into the kitchen at Kensington Palace “before breakfast and asked for one”.
Robb told him he had better check with his mother.
She said: “So off he went, scampering back a few minutes later with a note Diana had written: ‘Mummy says it’s okay’.”
While some might think the note was a clever trick by a naughty young prince, this note is genuine.
Ms Robb recognised Diana’s handwriting and realised Harry had charmed his mother into indulging his sweet tooth.
The chef also provided some details of the person Diana was around the house, and what she was like to work for.
Ms Robb, who continued to work for Charles after the couple’s divorce, revealed how Diana was not averse to helping with the more tedious household chores.
She said: “Diana helped with the washing up, as she often did.”
Ms Robb as the first female chef employed by Charles and remembers being interviewed for the post by Diana who “came into the kitchen, kicked off her shoes — there was lots of laughing and joking, which was so typical of her”.
Diana was “very easy to cook for and loved simple things: cold minted lamb, salads, soufflés, stuffed aubergine”.
Charles, however, could be more demanding: “Everything was based on what was in season in the garden…you wouldn’t dare serve asparagus in December.”
Ms Robb was with the family when Charles and Diana’s marriage broke down, and developed a close relationship with the children.
She said: “It was a tricky time. I wanted to do whatever I could to contribute any small comfort.
“Just to be there in the kitchen when the boys would come in and out.
“We’d chat, have fun, and I would make special treats for them.”
When the boys went off to Eton, they relied on Ms Robb as a source of inspiration as they learned to cook for themselves.
She said: “They’d come home on Sundays and want recipes for spaghetti bolognese and chicken kiev.
“I’d put biscuit cake and flapjacks in their tuck boxes.”