The Queen's Former Personal Chef, Darren McGrady, Ran into Prince Harry's Ex on a Plane This Week

Darren McGrady, Queen Elizabeth's former personal chef, tweeted about bumping into Chelsy Davy on a plane this week. He included a photo of Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend to document the encounter.

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You know that whole, "Wow, it's such a small world" feeling you get when you're just out and about, living your life and you run into someone very random from your past? Well, get ready for a very random royal-adjacent version of that feeling.

But first, a little about the players in our tale. First off, there's Darren McGrady, Queen Elizabeth II's former personal chef (opens in new tab). As the Queen's personal chef, McGrady (opens in new tab) also regularly fed other ranking members of the royal family, including the late Princess Diana and her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry—although he did reveal in an interview with MarieClaire.com (opens in new tab) that the young princes preferred McDonald's to his gourmet cooking.

"I remember the Princess [Diana] came into the kitchen one day and said, 'Cancel lunch for the boys I'm taking them out, we're going to McDonald's. And I said, 'Oh my god your royal highness, I can do that, I can do burgers,'" he recalled (opens in new tab). "And she said, 'No, it's the toy they want.' Yeah, the boys loved McDonald's, and going out to pizza, and having potato skins—sort of the American foods. They were royal princes but had children's palates."

McGrady's connection to Prince Harry is particularly important when we get to the other character in the story: Chelsy Davy (opens in new tab), Harry's long-time, on- and off-again girlfriend.

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Apparently, during a flight earlier this week, McGrady was casually discussing his royal former employer when he realized that Davy was actually sitting directly behind him. He recounted the story in a tweet (opens in new tab):

"When the lady sitting next to you on the plane asks who you used to cook for... and then you realize @ChelsyDavy is sat behind you."

He shared a photo of Davy as proof of the coincidence:

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McGrady's account of the story ends there, but we can only imagine Davy overhearing (opens in new tab) the conversation and jumping in with a friendly, "Hey, I think you used to cook for my boyfriend's grandma."

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Of course, it's also possible that Davy's response (opens in new tab) was to hide her face and pretend to be asleep for the entire flight just to avoid any attention that two royally-connected people would bring. She did, after all, famously call off her relationship with Prince Harry (opens in new tab) because she didn't like the attention that came with being around royalty.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.