In an off-the-cuff remark while visiting the Imperial College London Diabetes Center in the United Arab Emirates, Britain's Prince Charles suggested that banning McDonald's fast food was crucial
for improving people's diets. "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.
McDonald' spokesman, Nick Hindle, calls the remark disappointing. He says other members of the royal family "have probably got a more up-to-date picture of us," alluding to reports that Charles' son,
Prince Harry, was spotted eating a chicken burger at McDonald's in 2005.
Charles, who is first in line to the British throne, is an active advocate of organic food and in 1986 set up a farm on his Highgrove Estate that does not use artificial pesticides or fertilizers.