Prince Harry’s keen on bananas, wants a ‘wedding cake made from bananas’

London Fire Brigade Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral

Here are some photos of Prince Harry going solo to last night’s London Fire Brigade Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral. Before the engagement announcement, we had gotten used to seeing Harry do all kinds of solo events. Now that he and Meg are official, I miss her. I want to see her! Anyway, some details about Harry and Meg’s wedding are coming out, or being speculated about. Did you know that Harry loves bananas? Apparently, he loves bananas so much that he wants a banana cake at the wedding.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are going bananas over wedding planning! The couple, who announced their engagement last week, are said to want a wedding cake made from bananas, a source told The Telegraph. And the reason why has a romantic twist.

In addition to Harry reportedly loving “anything with banana,” the fruit has also played a cheeky role in their relationship. Just hours after their budding romance was confirmed in late October of last year, the former Suits actress posted a cryptic image of two cuddling bananas on her Instagram. Alongside the quirky romantic photo, she added the caption, “Sleep tight xx.” The unexpected banana post sent royal watchers into a frenzy over the new couple’s relationship. And now, just one year later, they’re planning to celebrate their big day with a banana cake — which would be a first for a royal wedding.

Harry and Meghan’s decision to go with a banana cake is a departure from the norm. Traditionally, the top tier of British wedding cake is a fruit cake, because it lasts long enough to be served at the christening of the couple’s first child. But they’re not the first royal couple to go their own way when it comes to their wedding day menu. Prince William’s groom’s cake was made of chocolate biscuits. He and Kate Middleton also served a traditional eight-tiered cake served at their reception at Buckingham Palace.

[From People]

Personally, the details about the food are always my favorite part of any wedding story. I had forgotten about William’s “groom’s cake” – here’s the background history on groom’s cakes, if you’ve never heard of them. It seems like a banana-based cake would be more suitable for Harry’s groom’s cake, and then they could have a traditional wedding cake for the real reception. But what do I know? Maybe all of the royals are banana-mad.

What other details have come out? Well, everyone now says that Harry has already decided that William will be his Best Man. Harry was William’s Best Man, even though royal weddings don’t traditionally follow the Best Man/Maid of Honor/groomsmen/bridesmaids format. A royal groom will traditionally have a “Supporter,” but whatever – everyone will refer to William as the Best Man anyway. Sources also say that the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be in the wedding party whatsoever, because obviously, Kate and Meghan are not super-tight or anything. In an ideal world, Serena Williams will be Meg’s matron of honor. It’s also widely believed that Will and Kate’s kids, Charlotte and George, will be part of the wedding, in roles we’ll probably call “flower girl and ringbearer.” Sources also say Meghan wants Jessica and Ben Mulroney’s daughter to be part of the wedding party too.

London Fire Brigade Carol Service at Westminster Cathedral

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119 Responses to “Prince Harry’s keen on bananas, wants a ‘wedding cake made from bananas’”

  1. Liberty says:

    Meanwhile, James enters the test kitchen stealthily, intent on creating a perfect batch of banana-flavored marshmallow whip suitable for printing…

    • Sixer says:

      BAH! You beat me to it. No fair.

      I want banana boomf to be the table favours. And if they aren’t, I shall sulk.

      (PS: Bananas are like gold dust in my food bank. We get end-date fruit and vegetable donations from the local supermarket but there are hardly ever any bananas. And bananas are top of our wish list. Everyone eats bananas. They’ve got calories. You don’t have to cook them. Just something for Harry to think about while he plans the wedding of the year.)

      • aang says:

        I recently dropped off six dozen at the soup kitchen. First time I bananas on the want list and I jumped on it.

      • Sixer says:

        Volunteering at the food bank has made me see food in a whole new light, you know, it really has.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Sixer, have you heard about The People’s Fridge in Brixton?

      • dodgy says:

        Bless you sixer for volunteering at foodbanks. I try to buy an extra tin of something and throw into food collection bins at my local supermarket

      • magnoliarose says:

        Sixer you are right about food banks. It does make you appreciate being able to have balanced healthy meals and fresh fruit and vegetables.
        What we can do here and in the same charity in California is coordinate with farms at the end of farmer’s markets to donate what they can or give us a deep discount, but it means you don’t get to choose. Some food co-ops provide near to spoil date bulk foods, so you have to be quick with some recipes.
        When we were kids, my parents made us help with collecting food, but it wasn’t until I was older and saw how happy a fresh salad with tomatoes made someone that it sinks in. In a country with this amount of wealth, it is shameful that anyone goes hungry. And of course, women and children suffer the most.
        When that politician said let food banks take up the slack where food stamps aren’t adequate it made me sick to think someone who dines out on taxpayer money would say something that disgusting. No one wants to eat in the kitchen or ask for food in the pantry.

      • Sixer says:

        Dodgy – thank you for donating! If you can, buy stuff that doesn’t need much cooking (can be heated in a microwave or similar) or can even be eaten cold from the tin at a push, because many people can’t afford to turn on the main oven.

        Magnolia – we have very strong food regulation here so British food banks can only take dry goods and sometimes (like ours) bakery or fruit/veg items. Imagine trying to feed a family on what’s available in food banks – especially when you have to budget your energy usage or, in some cases, have had your energy cut off. And you are right about how it feels to have to ask for free food. People don’t ask unless there’s no possible alternative – it’s incredibly shaming.

        Nota – no, but I shall go and look it up! Our food bank is made up of donations and then the local supermarket participates in a scheme called Fareshare – we go and pick up excess bakery and produce past its “best before” date in the morning before a food bank session opens.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Sixer, I thought it was a great idea. Anyone puts fruit, veggies, eggs in – and anyone can take stuff. You hope no one who can *afford* to purchase food takes, but it does remove some stigma from being seen taking things out. Other places I know arrange to have some items from the food bank placed at community centers or events, so being seen taking items again has less stigma.

        One of these silly royals you might like? Marie of Denmark works with a charity that decreases food waste by creating a supermarket of “best before” foods. Things that are right on the cusp and removed from other store shelves (WeFood). It may have been inspired by Selina Juul and her Stop Wasting Food efforts in Denmark.

      • Sixer says:

        I just went to look and I LOVE IT.

      • Bananas, rice, and peanut butter are the big ticket items for our food bank.

      • Nikki says:

        In my younger days, we received food from food banks. It was usually peanut butter and spaghetti, the same food we could buy when we had money. But once we received a can of mandarin oranges, which was the most wonderful exotic treat ever! So now I’m middle class and I always donate lots of staples, but it gives me such happiness to also include some more exotic treats!!

      • RoyalSparkle says:

        +1000
        traveling -living overseas do the same. Especially in less than what we take for granted,

    • Becks says:

      omg I choked on my coffee. Hilarious.

    • magnoliarose says:

      *Screams with laughter and then falls over dead*

      Jamie Mahshmellow shall find a way to be part of the day AND plug product at the same time.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Omg Liberty, when I read that I guffawed just midway into a sneeze and I think I may have got whiplash. Then I saw Sixer’s Boomf and my neck got a second round of it. You shall both be hearing from my attorney. Make that attorneyS. I think I have a pretty good case here. Lotta witnesses, too.

    • Sally says:

      And at one time Harry was the “hot” brother, that certainly didn’t last long.

    • RoyalSparkle says:

      No, but I get it.

      Wrong Prince and ALL things middleton mafia – GAG -Gross.

  2. Clare says:

    Coooome ooooooon they will have a traditional English wedding cake. Meaning fruit cake. That some old biddy had been pouring rum over every day for 6 months.

  3. Beth says:

    A banana cake sounds delicious. They’ll enjoy their wedding and keep up their potassium with the cake. I love bananas

  4. Emily says:

    I’ve seen posters on Royal forums get weirdly offended over that banana Instagram photo. Having a banana wedding cake will almost certainly have them reaching for their smelling salts.

  5. IlsaLund says:

    What are the layers of a traditional English wedding cake? If the top layer is a fruit cake, what are the other layers made of? And how many layers are in a traditional cake?

    In the States, traditional cakes can be pound cake, red velvet or any flavor the bride and groom select.

    • Sixer says:

      Traditional wedding cakes are fruit cakes in the UK. But fewer and fewer people are having them. I had three tiers of lemon sponge, made by my auntie!

      • IlsaLund says:

        @Sixer. Thanks for answering.

        I don’t know if UK fruit cakes are the same as the US version, but I can’t imagine having fruit cake for a wedding cake. IMO, US fruit cakes aren’t the tastiest. And please don’t beat me up if you like US fruit cake…lol

      • Jussie says:

        They’re basically the same thing.

        Fruit cake lasts forever, that’s why it was traditional for weddings. People could make it way ahead of time, and it lasts so long that the custom used to be that the top tier be saved for the couples first child’s christening.

        The only time I’ve seen anyone have fruit cake in the last couple of decades has been when they had a grandmother who wanted to bake it for them.

      • Sixer says:

        I don’t like fruit cake much either – too heavy! I prefer fruit breads, which are lighter. But yes – basically the same thing either side of the Pond, I think.

      • Nicole says:

        Lemon sounds yum. I love a lemon poundcake.
        Banana sounds so gross for a cake lol. My friends have had varying chocolate cake with some sort of nut (delicious) and vanilla almond. One friend had red velvet. One friend had cupcakes with six different flavors. I love wedding cake.
        The wedding party is shaking out how i expected. Charlotte and George will be so cute in the wedding too.

      • Erinn says:

        Mmmm lemon sponge. I like your thinking, Sixer.

      • magnoliarose says:

        I love lemon cakes and lemon bars and lemon pie. Lemon anything. You would have asked me to leave after my 5th slice on my way to my sixth. I love banana bread, but a banana cake is something I have never tasted. I am iffy on it.

        My mother and sisters and mother in law went crazy with our cake (and the whole wedding), but it was white with sugar flowers. Then there were mini versions for the guests to take home. It was a vanilla bean cake with buttercream frosting and a tasty fondant; it can be gross usually. We had a chocolate stout groom cake at the rehearsal dinner. I went to a wedding with green tea cake, and I was surprised that it was delicious.

      • Kate says:

        Seriously? You guys have never had banana cake? I make it often, it’s delicious! I make mine with lemon icing.

    • Princessk says:

      If they don’t have fruit cake what else could it be? How else would it ‘keep’ ? Are you not supposed to save the top tier for the baby’s christening? How can you keep a sponge cake for a year? Apparently some of Queen Victoria’s wedding cake still exists. I thought it was rather strange that W&K had a biscuit cake, sounds nice, but it was covered it chocolate, how would they be able to preserve the top tier for George’s christening?

      • swak says:

        Freeze it. Here, where I live in the US, the top tier is reserved for the first wedding anniversary. Been to many receptions where the “cake” was cupcakes as opposed to a tiered wedding cake.

      • Nicole says:

        Top tier is frozen for a year and you eat it on your first anniversary. Many shops now will make you a one tier identical to your cake on your one year anniversary. My friends had to eat theirs after a few months because they were going to be moving. It was just as good as on the wedding day.

      • AmandaPanda says:

        My sister separated from her husband 5 months after her marriage (don’t ask!).

        The top tier of the cake turned up at her house on their 1 year anniversary – she’d forgotten about it. She had to throw an impromptu “i’m getting divorced” party to get rid of it lol

        Harry & Megan seem really immature to me. “I like bananas! I want a banana cake!”. But I’m not a fan of him for lots of reasons. I hope they have a lovely wedding & marriage, though – everyone deserves to be happy.

    • NJBeachGirl says:

      I make wedding cakes and the most common wedding cake in the states is almond. Almond cake and almond swiss meringue buttercream icing. I don’t like it, but make it a lot. My favorite is my yellow, and lemon. YUMMMMM!!!! Lemon!! Amazing!!
      I also make a kick-butt chocolate cake (the trick is real chocolate bars cut up, melted in, and coffee) with raspberry filling and chocolate icing.

    • RoyalSparkle says:

      Fruits darling! – hopefully lots of wine or the stronger version.
      Let him have his own – and Princess Henry too.

      By the way, gorgeous Prince photos!

  6. Louise177 says:

    They won’t have a banana cake for the wedding. Maybe a tier or a Groom’s cake but banana is too much of a personal taste. It’s not a flavor everybody loves. I went to a wedding where the cake is lemon. It didn’t go over well.

    • imqrious2 says:

      My sister did a chocolate cake with handmade raspberry puree in the middle, chocolate buttercream frosting. Thank goodness we removed the top tier and put it away after the first slicing, because people kept coming back for more and more! It was sooooo good! So many people came up to us asking where we had it made (Cheesecake Factory in Agoura Hills (CA)). And, not a crumb was left lol. When we defrosted the top tier and had it on their 1st anniversary, it was as good as it was fresh; we all finished it all at the party 😊

  7. Alix says:

    Fruit cake sounds hideous, but I suppose it’d be the kind best suited to withstand the sheer enormity of the assembled cake. But boy, I wouldn’t stand in line to get a piece. Banana FTW.

    • Talie says:

      I thought the same…fruit cake for a wedding sounds bad! Taking home a piece of wedding cake is like the best thing ever.

    • Beth says:

      The lady next door makes fruit cakes every holiday season and gives them to all the neighbors. Yuck. I’ve always heard people joke about how hideous fruit cake is and how much they dreaded having to pretend that they like it while receiving or eating it in front of her

      • graymatters says:

        I used to live near a town that had an annual fruitcake toss to celebrate the new year. People would build trebuchet and other elaborate cake launchers and turn the competition into a festival.

        I always liked fruitcake. The first time I ever got tipsy (about 10) was from eating fruitcake. I don’t bake it, though, because I don’t know anyone else who likes it. Of course, no one I know understands that quality rum is an essential ingredient.

      • Horse Marine says:

        How tactful of you. I hope this nice lady doesn’t read comments here. She goes out of her way to be kind to her neighbours. It makes me sad for her to read your comment.

      • SoulSPA says:

        How unkind. Instead of appreciating the gesture, let alone the money and time spent to make them. And what I imagine the lady’s joy at making and giving out the cakes as presents. Reading this made me sad for the lady, and embarrassed for those people who joked about the cakes and expressed displeasure. Sad, sad people.

      • Beth says:

        Actually @Horse Marine, she’s too busy watching Fox News all day and probably wouldn’t take the time to read any comments here. She doesn’t go out of her way to be kind to the whole neighborhood, especially when she talks about how the Puerto Ricans need to go home and stop invading Florida. Is that tactful of her? I doubt she’ll bring me a fruit cake this year,because my house was labeled unsafe to enter after Irma hit Orlando, it may be completely unfixable, and I couldn’t afford house insurance.
        FEMA finally showed up today to take a couple of pictures, and she’s the ONLY neighbor who hasn’t helped me. Don’t be sad for her because I don’t like her fruit cake!

        Sorry if I sound a little bitchy, but I’m under a little stress about what I’m going to do with my house situation . That makes me a sad, sad person ,like all of the other sad,sad people who lost their homes

      • The Original Mia says:

        Sorry to hear about your house, Beth! And you don’t owe these posters or that Fox News loving neighbor a damn thing. Hope everything works out for you.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Beth, I would be extremely tempted to go to the closest bakery and buy her a plate of Basbousa, Makroudh, Baklava, Halvah, Kunafeh, etc., and wish her a belated Mawlid an Nabi. No, I’m not a follower of that faith, but I would be happy to get her goat in that way.

      • AMA1977 says:

        Yes, the lady next door is sure to know that @Beth is disparaging her fruitcake on this totally anonymous internet gossip site!! @@

        I’m sure that if the neighbor lady is reading this, she thinks it’s in reference to some OTHER neighbor lady, because all of her recipients are adults and as such, are able to convincingly feign delight as one does when given something they truly don’t want. I’m sure Beth’s neighbor will continue to bake and distribute fruitcakes, and her neighbors will continue to smile, politely thank her and then do what they want with it once the door closes.

        Edit to say: I’m wordy AF and was typing while Beth was replying. I’m so sorry about your house, and I’m sorry Fruitcake Lady is a Faux “News” loving b****. I hope that things work out well for you, that FEMA is able to help, and that 2018 is a better year. Hugs!

      • magnoliarose says:

        I hate fruitcake bricks. But I am not sure the Brits mean the same kind the Americans mean. I had a plum cake in the UK that was tasty, but the nasty caca cake my southern relative makes is nasty. She says she gives it a Cajun twist, but it tastes like good old nasty butt fruitcake. What is the twist? She just winks like we are in on some joke but making innocent people eat that mess is not funny.

      • Mumzy says:

        @ Horse Marine & Soul Spa — in all fairness, you’re assuming that the neighbor is trying to be kind…an annual fruitcake actually be her true feelings unleashed…her dislike of one and all…like dead roses or raspberry/lavender scented candles. And the best part for her may be giving one and then waiting for them have a piece. Perhaps she’s a passive aggressive evil genius parading as a sweet ole dearie. 🤔

        And Beth, it’s okay to say things about your people….other people cannot do this but you absolutely can. That’s the rule when talking to friends! You can say your mother is mean, or that your husband is getting jiggly around the middle, but no one else is allowed! And hang in there … hardships put important things in perspective and there are a lot of (non-insurance adjuster) people who care and want to lend a hand…if even just to let you vent!

      • RoyalSparkle says:

        It’s a British thing – and loving it.

        Cakes are wonderful – whole fruits for some or pulsed to smaller pieces and extra yearly or months soaked in wine or alcoholic ‘beverage’.

    • dodgy says:

      English /British fruitcake is hideous, I find, because the fruits tend to be a bit too lumpy. With the West Indian cake the fruits are pureed in the rum and some browning is added so it’s a bit of sweetness with depth.

  8. Chisey says:

    Who are Jessica and Ben Mulroney? The article mentions them like they are names I should know, but I don’t. If anyone doesn’t mind filling me in I’d appreciate it. Thank you! 😳

  9. Becks says:

    I love bananas and banana bread but banana cake sounds kind of gross.

  10. new_kay says:

    This sounds like a bit of a dog whistle to me

    • Sage says:

      IA. Banana tiara, banana cake…all because Meghan posted two spooning bananas? Sure.

    • Casey. _. says:

      You’re not the only one @new_kay

      I don’t know about wedding cakes let alone British wedding cakes, but I do know the banana, has been used throughout some parts of the world (esp in Europe) as a racist symbol used against black soccer and football players. In some stadiums racist fans had taken to throwing bananas and banana peels on the field and at players.

      This story has very little to support it, and just feels so effing random, almost like the supposed lame loved up banana emoticon story (which has zip to do w/a wedding cake) is being used to cloak a slur against Meghan.

      I call bs on this whole thing. I’m sure it will fly over the heads of Americans as we don’t associate or think of bananas in that context. We have enough awful straight forward racial slurs, we don’t need to use fruit.

      This feels like a start it over here so it can become a story over there. It usually happens in the reverse. Outrageous rumors about our notables get spread overseas first, then make their way over.

    • Notmypresident says:

      That didn’t even occur to me, but now that you’ve mentioned it…it wouldn’t surprise me considering the horrible things being said about this woman.

  11. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    They should be free to choose the cake they want for THEIR wedding. It’s THEIR day to remember.
    “Tradition” is to me pretty much of the f word, there are people who go by tradition just because “this is how things have been done for buckets of years”, there is no critical thinking or enough freedom to do things differently. Now, I am not saying that people should serve cereal and milk like Margo Robbins? and her husband did. But cake, whatever. Personally, I cannot stand white cakes, I can’t even look at them. I would not serve a white cake at my wedding even though it’s a quite popular choice in some areas.

  12. SoulSPA says:

    Can anyone tell me what’s a wedding party? I understand it’s the group of guests on either of the couple’s side?

  13. Lilix40 says:

    Well, he does seem to be wearing better tailored suits, maybe Meghan’s positive influence? His and William’s horrible suits always baffled me.

    As to banana cakes, I’d rather have the fruit (actually, it’s my favorite). Never had banana breads, but I’ve seen some mouthwatering recipes… any recs?

    • SoulSPA says:

      Cake with mashed bananas, bits of dark chocolate and whole walnuts, and a delicious Streusel on top and a bit of white frosting. Ate it once at dinner party and its was outstanding. Could not get the recipe. FAMILY SECRET! Lilix40, I hope you at least got an idea for a nice banana cake.

    • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

      @Lilix40: banana bread is great, but Banoffie pie is dangerously delicious! It has a cracker/melted butter bottom crust, caramel – as in dulce de leche, banana slices and whipped cream (which I skip when I make it only for myself).

    • magnoliarose says:

      Love banana bread and my Memere can make a banana bread pudding with a chocolate bourbon sauce that would bring tears to your eyes. I don’t have the heart to remind her I am a vegan and I think I am just really being a big cheat and blame her for it but I can’t help it. It is good, and she is just a sweetie pie, so I eat a few helpings you know to be nice.

  14. Jerusha says:

    Homemade banana ice cream is the best!! They should try that, too.

  15. Other Renee says:

    Maybe just one of the many layers will be banana. It doesn’t sound appealing but it’s their wedding. I’m allergic to bananas.

    My wedding cake layers were different so people had a choice.

  16. BJ says:

    Well that settles it I won’t be attending the wedding because I despise bananas.
    That’s one reason the other reason is I would never be invited.Lol

  17. Guest says:

    I miss seeing Meghan too. I love bananas just can’t eat them, unfortunately. I tired over-ripe bananas but still didn’t work : (

  18. HoustonGrl says:

    I’m not crazy about bananas (other than their obvious greatness as a snack), but I LOVE banana cream pie and banana bread. I can totally see a delicious banana cake with buttercream for a wedding.

  19. Citresse says:

    I googled bananas and Botswana and see there was a very recent deal involving bananas and mangos…interesting, I think Harry will work hard to promote a better life for S. Africans.

  20. FredsMother says:

    What a coinkydink! Just took a banana bread withs streusel topping out of the oven. Was baking with my little girl. So moist, so good.

    Still, a good fruit cake as the top tier is a good way to go. Soak the fruits and nuts in rum and some Stone’s Ginger Wine. Mill the nuts and fruit after soak to take the clunkiness out of the finished cake. Also use a German chocolate cake as a starter base, add flour, eggs, some butter, sugar, milled nuts and voila! Keep adding white rum to the baked fruit cake for at least 5 days. Meghan: Di wedding would be lit–Jamaican style!!!

  21. Suze says:

    I have to admit I shuddered. Banana anything makes me ill.

    But bless him, he is excited and involved. That is pretty sweet.

  22. perplexed says:

    I didn’t realize that banana instagram photo was about her and Prince Harry. In retrospect, that seems hilariously lame.

  23. CynicalAnn says:

    We had carrot cake at our wedding and it was delicious.

  24. MeganNotMarkle says:

    My husband loves bananas, and I absolutely despise them – the texture completely grosses me out – so I never think to make him banana anything (pie, bread, pudding, etc) when I go on my baking sprees. We were together for 7 years before we were married, so you know this was brought up more than once while we were dating/living together.

    Imagine his shock when he found out that his surprise groom’s cake was half chocolate and half banana!

    I asked our baker if she could do it. She said she had never even heard of a banana cake, but that she would give it a shot. She likes bananas, so she said “I’ll make you a deal – I’ll make myself a cake and if I like the way it tastes, I’ll make you one. If not, the groom’s cake will be chocolate.”

    It was basically a yellow cake with banana flavoring. We served it at our rehearsal dinner, and even *I* loved it! Amazingly, the banana side of the cake was gone and people were asking if there was more, and the poor old chocolate side was barely touched!

    One of my favorite memories from my wedding. Harry and Meg – give me a call; I’ll hook you up with my baker!!

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