Buckingham Palace recently shared that King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer shortly after he underwent surgery for an enlarged prostrate in January 2024.
The news of his diagnosis comes off as a shock to many as the 75-year-old ruler has been following a strict diet and exercise routine for years.
While the monarch will temporarily step away from public-facing duties, he has lived an impressively healthy life.
According to The Independent, it was revealed that his majesty restricts himself to only two meals a day, skipping lunch.
Gordon Rayner, a former royal correspondent at The Telegraph revealed earlier that King Charles believes lunch is a "luxury" which creates interferences with his busy schedule.
The British monarch's former press secretary, Julian Payne, told the outlet, "The King doesn't eat lunch; so, an early lesson I learnt when out on the road with him was to have a big breakfast or bring a few snack bars with you to keep you going. The working day is pretty relentless. Beginning with the radio news headlines and a breakfast of seasonal fruit salad and seeds with tea."
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Along with not indulging himself in any extravagancies at lunch time, the king favours healthy foods for his diet comprised of nutrient-rich flours like rye and spelt, complemented by eggs, side salads.
Charles also prefers having coddled eggs cooked for a brief two to three minutes, mashed into a mayonnaise-like texture.
The king also enjoys wild mushrooms and plums from his Highgrove gardens, along with salmon, cheese, and biscuits, rank among his favourites as well.
Charles also observes two meat and fish-free days weekly and a dairy-free day in the same week, according to a 2021 BBC interview.
He follows a pattern of intermittent veganism as he focuses on avoiding factory-farmed meat. Buckingham Palace even brought on board a live-in vegan chef during the month of Charles's coronation.
According to former royal chefs Darren McGrady and Carolyn Robb, the king’s environmentally motivated dedication extends to a passion for organic produce.