Other theories have been advanced. According to Rory Batt, nutritionist at Marvin’s Den, gout could be to blame monarch’s sausage fingers.
Mr Batt said living an incredibly rich lifestyle, with rich foods and alcohol consumption, can spur on gout.
Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful.
“Gout is a common occurrence in the upper class as it is a condition of abundance – too much alcohol and rich (fatty, salty, sugary) foods,” the nutritionist said.