Foie gras is considered a luxury food product made from the liver of a duck or goose, but is produced by the act of force-feeding the animal corn through a tube. It is illegal to make foie gras in the UK, but not illegal to sell. In fact, Fortnum and Mason, the luxury department store where the royal household source much of their groceries, stocks foie gras.
However, it will not be on the menu in the Palace any time soon, due to Charles believing in “good animal husbandry” and opposing cruel practices.
Former royal chef Carolyn Robb explained this in Channel 5 documentary ‘Inside Fortnum and Mason: The Queen’s Grocer’.
She said: “Foie gras was one thing that we have never served in the royal household, Prince Charles being so keen to promote good animal husbandry.
“Obviously, he is very against the way that foie gras is produced – all those things that involve any kind of cruelty or maltreatment of animals.”
READ MORE: Princess Diana believed THIS doomed royal couple ‘suited each other’
Charles is not the only one to be opposed to foie gras – animal rights protesters organised a boycott of “the Queen’s grocer” Fortnum and Mason in 2011, demanding they stop stocking the controversial food.
The animal rights group PETA also demonstrated outside the store.
Actor Peter Egan, who went to the protest, told the documentary: “I’d be very happy to do it again, I would be very happy to do it on a weekly basis if it got them to stop selling it.”
He added: “I am deeply saddened because their management team can’t make a simple ethical choice, which is to not sell something that is produced through such cruelty.”
Meanwhile, Westminster Trading Standards told Fortnum and Mason to stop telling customers that all its meat meets the highest welfare standards.
Fortnum and Mason reportedly said that while they know foie gras is not to everyone’s tastes, it is sold in various establishments throughout the UK and people should be allowed the choice of whether to buy it or not.
Animal welfare has been a part of the royal family for many years, with the RSPCA first receiving royal patronage in 1837.
However, Prince Charles has “fundamental disagreements” with the organisation according to the Telegraph, casting doubt on whether he will ever take over from the Queen as a patron.
For example, he supports hunting, farming and shooting, whereas many in the organisation support veganism, and an end to hunting and badger culling.