By Matthew Taylor and Rebecca Smithers
It is unlikely that the Prince of Wales has ever sat at a plastic table in his local McDonald's and tucked into a Big Mac and fries. But yesterday the country's most famous organic farmer did not let his lack of firsthand experience deter him, suggesting that a global ban on the fast food giant was the key to improving children's health.
During a tour of a diabetes centre in the United Arab Emirates the prince asked a nutritionist: "Have you got anywhere with McDonald's, have you tried getting it banned? That's the key." A spokeswoman for Clarence House, who was travelling with the prince and Duchess of Cornwall on their 10-day trip, said Prince Charles was simply promoting healthy eating and the "importance of a balanced diet, especially for children".