Prince Charles Wants To Ban McDonald's

Apparently, Marie Antoinette didn’t really say “Let them eat cake,” but Prince Charles did suggest banning McDonald’s. From Forbes:

Charles made the comments while visiting the Imperial College London Diabetes Center in Abu Dhabi for the launch of a public health campaign, Britain’s Press Association reported. “Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s? Have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key,” Charles was quoted as asking one of the center’s nutritionists on Tuesday.

The prince is a well-known grower and promoter of organic food and takes a keen interest in environmental issues.

No word on what Chuck things we ought to eat instead. Perhaps we’re meant to follow his example. Can Camilla Parker-Bowles be franchised?—MEGHANN MARCO

Prince Charles Fries McDonald’s [Forbes]

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  1. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    He’s going to have to ban a lot more than McDonald’s if he wants to make any impact people’s diets. Besides, somehow I don’t see the prince on a road trip driving a Chevy Lumina with 3 screaming children in the back seat, all of whom have to find a bathroom ASAP, or on his half-hour lunch break between construction jobs.

  2. billybastion says:

    I’ve got to be honest, I think this is a great move by Prince Charles. Maybe if America had people in charge as concerned about the nation’s health, as Britain does, maybe we wouldn’t be the fattest nation living in a constant state of denial.

    I personally think McDonald’s is one of the worst companies in the nation; sure they’re not forcing people to eat there, but when you’re in low income neighborhoods and sell complete meals for 3 dollars, what do you think is going to happen?

    McDonald’s food is full of chemicals and awful for your body, I’m sorry if you eat there often, but there is nothing positive about it. Part of America’s problem is living in a delusional state and denying that there is no problem with their expanding waistlines, people, wake up, stop putting this crap in your body!

    God save the Queen!

  3. Firstborn Dragon says:

    I can’t eat there. A couple of years ago I ordered a milkshake, and I was nearly ill as a result.

    Being vegetarian, their options are a disgrace. They BOIL their veggie burgers. Salads, which they clam are healthy, are actually worse then the burgers they sell.

    So yeah. I don’t eat there at all. Especially after hearing some idiots who work there like to dump beef fat on veggie burgers to piss off the people who eat em.

  4. Americana says:

    “I’ve got to be honest, I think this is a great move by Prince Charles”

    Yes, removing freedom of choice is always a great move.

    “Maybe if America had people in charge as concerned about the nation’s health, as Britain does, maybe we wouldn’t be the fattest nation living in a constant state of denial.”

    Or maybe we shouldn’t care because our nation is predicated on the idea of freedom? Does it hurt you that one of your countrymen is 100 pounds overweight? It certainly doesn’t suddenly make me not healthy. This banning of trans fat and such is not good – and it’s sad that most people don’t realize this. Negative liberty is one of the greatest of all human ideals.

  5. TWinter says:

    The solutions isn’t bans but taxes.

    Many places tax alcohol and tobacco to discourage use. There’s no reason we can’t come up with a system to tax sugar and bad fats. Burgers should be available for those who want them, but they shouldn’t be the cheapest food available.

  6. mattshu says:

    Next he’ll want to ban toothbrushes. Oh, wait…

  7. RandomHookup says:

    I think Charles just needs to lay off the spotted dick.

  8. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @billybastion: If American had people in charge that cared about the nation’s health, we’d have a national health care system.

    Last time I knew, deep-fried fish-and-chips, crisps, and confectionery weren’t all that good for you either, so the Prince should ban those too. Beer and ale are certainly responsible for some expanded waistlines..so I’m pretty sure those should be made illegal.

  9. critical_matt says:

    The Prince can shove it. We have enough nanny statism here as it is. He also should have checked his own company’s food before opening his mouth.

    “But when he went as far as suggesting that McDonald’s should be banned, it seemed that the prince had bitten off far more than he could chew.

    He immediately laid himself open to charges of hypocrisy after it was pointed out that the company’s signature Big Mac contains fewer calories, fats and salt than some products in his own organic Duchy Originals food range. His Cornish pasty contains 264 calories per 100g compared to the burger’s 229 calories, and 5.5g of saturated fat as opposed to the Big Mac’s 4.14g.” Story here: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23387096-detail

  10. ahwannabe says:

    “Maybe if America had people in charge as concerned about the nation’s health, as Britain does, maybe we wouldn’t be the fattest nation living in a constant state of denial.”

    The problem is, Charles is not in charge.

  11. dantsea says:

    What amused me, at least in California, were the people that would scream McDonald’s is OMG DEADLY POISON were often the same people who would spend fifteen minutes in the drive-thru queue at In-N-Out. Image is everything!

  12. esqdork says:

    Americana said:
    “Does it hurt you that one of your countrymen is 100 pounds overweight?”

    Actually, yes. Have you ever sat in the coach section of an airplane next to a 300 pound man who had not been forced to purchase two seats?

    In all seriousness, we all end up paying more in higher health insurance premiums because of the epidemic health issues associated with poor diet (and not just caused by McDonalds).

  13. Simplistic and not exactly pragmatic suggestion, but dammit, overall I’m consistently amazed at what a decent chap the Prince is. Here’s the ultimate trust-fund baby in a time when the royal family is *expected* to be useless, and he’s literally spent his entire life trying to find ways to help his country. He set up businesses (which treat their employees fantastically well) and uses their profits for progressive and environmental causes, he gives speeches everywhere (often for free for a good cause), and he even paid to have an entire town built as a model for environmentally-friendly, people-centered living. (God that town looks neat, too.) He makes a token salary on everything, and in spite of what seems a genetic predisposition for idiocy, he’s actually very articulate and intelligent. Blew my mind when I discovered that.

    Of course he’s out of touch with how to actually handle things like McDonald’s; the man is part of a MONARCHY. But he’s also reasonable enough that I bet if you convinced him that, say, education about food-choices and free community farming-plots were a better alternative, he’d get behind it.

    So, um, somebody give him a call. I don’t own a cell. ;)

  14. @esqdork: Yes, same argument as “Does it hurt you that people smoke three packs a day?” …And the answer is YES. Besides health-care considerations, some of those people have KIDS, and other responsibilities that their infirmity is going to shove off on those around them (and/or taxpayers).

    The insular view is stupid: We all benefit from each others’ health and well-being, and we all suffer, to some extent, when one of us does poorly. Proven. Backed by quantum physics and chaos math, even.

    That isn’t to say we should force people to act a certain way, but we CERTAINLY should encourage healthy behavior and discourage its opposite. We should ESPECIALLY make it difficult or impossible for corporations to profit off of behavior that hurts people and families, because let’s face it, for every thousand ignorant schmucks stuffing down a big-mac, there’s at least one grinning suit making another yacht or three’s worth of money off of the suffering of that schmuck and his kids. He knows that the taxpayers and the kids are eating the cost of his little business-venture, and he thinks that’s just peachy.

  15. emax4 says:

    I have the book “Don’t Eat This Book” by Morgan Spurlock, writer and star of “SuperSize Me”, and Spurlock mentions that Prince Charles is in favor of the “slow food” movement as well. I know that the Queen has even been to a McDonald’s before and that other royalty has favored the taste of McDonald’s, but it’s easy to be a supporter of the slow food movement when you’ve got cooks and servants waiting on you all day.

    On the positive side, at least there’s someone in power trying to positively influence everyone.

  16. Americana says:

    “We should ESPECIALLY make it difficult or impossible for corporations to profit off of behavior that hurts people and families, because let’s face it, for every thousand ignorant schmucks stuffing down a big-mac, there’s at least one grinning suit making another yacht or three’s worth of money off of the suffering of that schmuck and his kids.”

    Why? If the people are stupid enough to harm themselves it’s their own fault. We need to start placing responsibility where it actually lies. It’s not the fault of the company that idiots keep stuffing themselves with crap or smoking their lungs black. Especially nowadays – I went to school being inundated with DARE and still tons of kids smoke. It’s their own damn fault.

  17. boicraig says:

    “Can Camilla Parker-Bowles be franchised?”

    That one line did it. Thank you Meghann.

  18. middy says:

    How many of the people demonizing McDonald’s check the foods they eat for trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) and high fructose corn syrup? What about sugar, white flour, or any number of artificial preservatives or “enhancers”. If you’re buying from any part of the grocery store besides fresh meat and produce and you’re not paying close attention… you’re a big, fat hypocrite.