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He never asks us for UK produce.

Byline: DAVID NEWMAN and DOMINIC TURNBULL

WHILE telling everyone else to buy British produce, Prince Charles does not insist on it himself, his caterer said last night.

Rolline Frewen, 46, director of The Admirable Crichton, which has catered at events staged by Prince Charles for the last six years, said: "He has never specifically asked for ingredients only from this country.

"We have never been asked to do anything in particular. We have served him foie gras, and strawberries when they are out of season. It is not always possible to use British produce.

"It is not a strict policy. It is a wish to purchase ingredients from this country. We suggest a number of menus and his staff will then choose what they think is most suitable for the event."

And there were plenty of foreign goods on sale in shops which proudly say they are "By Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales" in the nearby town of Tetbury.

Bakers E & J Phillips, which supply bread, cakes and confectionery to Highgrove, yesterday had German and Belgian chocolates on sale alongside traditional British bread.

The Tetbury bike and toy shop sells Peugeot bikes as well as British-made Raleigh and Dawes.

Its toy display in the window has an pounds 4.99 Instant Nun Kit made in Taiwan and Chinese-made party wigs.

Tetbury's House Of Cheese stocks many English cheeses and Gloucestershire honey.

But it also sells French cheeses such as Camembert - and was yesterday featuring Spanish-made dishes.

The royal warrant holders discreetly refused to tell us what they supply to Highgrove.

A St James' Palace spokesman said last night: "The Princes catering suppliers do know that, where possible, he would prefer British produce.

"It all depends on the recipe."

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