Duchess of Rutland, of Belvoir Castle near Grantham, accused of snobbery by Piers Morgan over McDonald's plans
The Duchess of Rutland, resident of Belvoir Castle near Grantham, appeared on Good Morning Britain yesterday to discuss the imminent McDonald’s restaurant set to be built in Oakham.
Councillors at Rutland County Council agreed last night to the construction of a 24-hour drive-thru restaurant, the only county in England that is not currently home to those famous golden arches.
The Duchess opposes the opening of a McDonald’s in Oakham, but admits that she has been to the Grantham restaurant with her children.
Speaking on yesterday’s Good Morning Britain, she said: “If McDonald's would support two things, the rubbish issue and two, local food. If they had a slightly different policy. Say, they put pheasant into their nuggets, pheasant burgers. It's organic. Pheasant is the cheapest food of all.
"We should be producing local food for local people. The sadness for me is when people eat their McDonald's, the moment they finish they wind down their window and chuck their rubbish out."
Piers Morgan, the show’s host, responded: "Right there is the snobbery I first accused you of. Do you know how much pheasant costs? Most people don't have thousands of pheasants running round their estate. Bang, bang, bring it to my table, butler."
McDonald's are said to be delighted with the council's decision to approve the new fast-food restaurant just outside Oakham, which will reportedly create over 65 new jobs for the local area.