On Monday's episode of This Morning, the parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who passed away in 2016, revealed how the Duchess of York helped to console them after the loss of their daughter.
In July 2016, 15-year-old Natasha headed to Pret a Manger at Heathrow Airport to buy some food, before boarding a flight to Nice.
However, shortly after eating her baguette from the shop, Natasha suffered a severe allergic reaction, and sadly, died later that same day.
Appearing on This Morning recently to discuss the tragedy, and reveal how they are now campaigning for a change in the law, Natasha’s parents Tanya and Nadim also shared that they were comforted by a former royal, in an unexpected meeting.
Tanya shared that, when she and her husband were flying back home with their daughter’s body, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York came up to talk to them.
She said, “We were the first allowed on the plane because of what had happened. BA were aware of this because Natasha’s body was on the same aeroplane. We had our heads down as the other passengers were coming on and we were right at the front and suddenly from behind somebody grabbed my arm and said, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve heard what’s happened to you both and I’m so sorry.’
“And I saw this lovely red hair and I turned around and immediately recognised that it was Sarah Ferguson. She had seen us earlier in the lounge and had asked, ‘Why do those people look so sad?’ and she was told. She was just so heartfelt and wanted to help us in any way she could.”
Tanya went on to reveal that Fergie spoke to them about their daughter during the entire plane journey home, which they said was “wonderful”.
“She talked to us about Natasha all the way home, which was wonderful wasn’t it? She was just wonderful, lovely. She said she’d support us [with the campaign] all the way through.”
Natasha passed away after the label on the Pret baguette failed to mention that there was seasame seeds – something she was allergic to. Nadim and Tanya are now campaigning to change food labelling laws, with ‘Natasha’s law’.
Phillip also assured the couple that he and the team at This Morning would also do all they can to help with the campaign.
He said, “As will we, let us know the progress and where you are and if there’s anything we can do to help, come back and sit with us and we’ll help in any way we can.”