Sarah Ferguson opens up about the tragic death of her uncle after an allergic reaction

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 25: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York attends the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Bias And Biology’ panel backed by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Alexandra Shulman to raise awareness about the inequalities in women’s health care when it comes to heart disease at Mortimer House on June 25, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The Duchess of York has spoken about a tragic family accident which happened before she was born to help highlight an important issue.

Sarah Ferguson

For the last few months, Sarah Ferguson has been campaigning alongside Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, the parents of 15-year-old Natasha, who died in 2016 following an allergic reaction, after unknowingly eating seasame seeds in a Pret sandwich.

Natasha collapsed and died of anaphylaxis after boarding a flight in Nice.

Her parents have now announced a ‘momentous’ achievement – that they have managed to get Natasha’s Law passed in their daughters name, which means all businesses will soon be required to include a full ingredient list on pre-packaged food.

The Duchess, who was on board Nadim and Tanya’s flight back from Nice as they brought their daughter’s body home, has been campaigning with them for some time now.

To highlight the importance of Natasha’s Law, she revealed that her family has suffered its own tragedy when it comes to allergies.

She explained that her uncle John, when he was just 10, died after suffering an allergic reaction on a beach.

Sarah said, “My uncle, age 10, died of a crab sandwich at Brancaster Beach and my father was never the same after that. And my grandmother never forgot John — he was called John.”

But Prince Andrew’s ex-wife revealed that she didn’t fully consider the devastation of the death until she met Nadim and Tanya.

She explained, “It wasn’t until working with Nadim and Tanya and being with them that I suddenly realized, ‘Can you imagine what my grandmother went through?’ In those days, forget it.”

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Sarah went on, explaining, “He was out on the beach with [his] nanny — he wasn’t even with my grandmother or father — he was on his own with [the] nanny and he died within minutes,”

The Duchess of York revealed she has committed to helping Natasha’s parents tackle the issue of labelling for allergies, explaining that she is re-taking her helicopter pilot license exam in her honour.

Sarah Ferguson

She said, “Every day I keep a picture of Natasha and I talk to her, and as I go by her every morning, I say, ‘It’s alright Natasha, we’ve got this, we’ve got you’.

“And also, she wanted to fly helicopters, didn’t she? So this year, I decided I would re-take my helicopter license for the foundation, so I’ve now got to do it.”

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