Waiting for our invite to dinner…
We’re always interested to know what the royals get up to behind closed doors. What are their hobbies when they’re not working? We know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle love to cook together, Prince William and Kate Middleton like sitting down to watch an episode of Game of Thrones, and Prince George is a keen ballet dancer.
And it turns out that Prince Philip also has a very interesting hobby.
The 97-year-old has become the first person to coax black truffles from British soil, according to The Times. Apparently, Prince Philip has been trying to grow truffles for twelve years but hasn’t had much luck. However, he recently produced French Perigord black truffles, which are a highly sought after rare delicacy. Fancy.
The avid gardener planted more than 300 £15 saplings impregnated with truffle spores on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate back in 2006, and has been nurturing them ever since.
The publication writes: ‘His attempts to create a truffière in the royal fruit farm, which already yields apples, gooseberries and blackcurrants (including some that go into Ribena), had become an annual joke as trained truffle dogs repeatedly failed to find any of the fungi.’
However, it looks like Prince Philip is having the last laugh as the truffles are worth an eye-watering £200 per 100g.
But the royal isn’t planning to sell his wares. If you want to try one of the rare truffles, you’ll need an invite to Sandringham. Otherwise, they’ll be going to his family and friends.