The Daily Telegraph

Teen’s allergy death prompts Charles to act

- ROYAL CORRESPOND­ENT By Victoria Ward

THE Prince of Wales will this week convene an internatio­nal conference at his Scottish estate on allergies after being “moved beyond words” by the death of a teenager who suffered an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette.

Prince Charles will host 17 global experts at a two-day event, which starts tomorrow at Dumfries House in Ayrshire. He will take part in a round-table discussion with scientists and Nadim and Tanya Ednan-laperouse, whose daughter Natasha died in July 2016.

Natasha, 15, of Fulham, west London, ate sesame seeds that were not listed as ingredient­s on a baguette bought at Heathrow Airport. She died of anaphylaxi­s after collapsing on a flight to Nice.

The Prince conceived the idea of a “global symposium” in late 2018 following Natasha’s inquest, which highlighte­d the growing allergic epidemic, particular­ly among young people.

When the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation was launched in June 2019, the concept was developed alongside the Prince’s Foundation.

The Prince said: “I was moved beyond words by the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-laperouse.

“That is why my Prince’s Foundation is hosting leading scientists and experts in the field to tackle the environmen­tal causes of allergic disease, so that no more lives are needlessly lost due to allergic reactions.”

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