The One Thing Prince William Can't Master When Cooking Steak

Prince William isn't afraid to admit that he doesn't do a lot of cooking at home. And, really, who would expect him to? When you are next in line to inherit the British throne, it's safe to assume that you have hired some of the most magnificent chefs to cook for you and your family. But this doesn't mean that William is completely lost in the kitchen. According to Town & Country, his wife, Catherine, notes that William does, in fact, cook occasionally, saying he's a pro at making breakfast. In a YouTube video posted by The Independent, William discusses his fondness for full English breakfasts, which The Spruce Eats says includes "black pudding (sausage), baked beans, bubble and squeak (potatoes and cabbage), and fried bread," with an on-camera chef. 

Per Town & Country, Katherine goes on to say that, while studying at St. Andrews University together, William would cook meals regularly for her, including pasta with bolognese sauce. His cooking prowess clearly extended after graduation and into marriage because Hello! magazine reveals William admitted his signature dish is steak, preferably done medium-rare — but don't ask him to sauce it.

Make no mis-steak

During a visit to Together as One charity, where William joined students in preparing a meal, he doubled down on his claim, saying he actually makes "a mean steak," per The Independent on YouTube. But when he's asked about the sauce he serves with his steaks, William admits he finds those more difficult to master, revealing his sauces often turn out lumpy and dry. Obviously, his pasta sauce skills don't translate well to steak sauces. Still, as much trouble as it may be, William says he "occasionally" enjoys peppercorn sauce with his steaks.

While peppercorn sauce may not be as finicky as something like Béarnaise sauce, there are some elements you need to get just right. Any time you're making sauce that includes butter, temperature matters, with extreme temps causing the sauce to break, per Kitchn. Peppercorn sauce also includes adding flour which, if not properly whisked in, can cause lumps, says Seriously Kids.

It's easy to see how William could get tripped up with such a process. Perhaps he should leave the sauce making to Catherine, who he describes as a "very good" cook.