The Daily Telegraph
Teen’s allergy death prompts Charles to act
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.”