Royal wedding: Fears Megan Markle and Prince Harry will be POISONED on their wedding day
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are preparing to tie the knot at a star-studded ceremony on Saturday, but fears have been raised the couple and their guests could fall ill if they eat the decorative flowers adorning their custom-baked wedding cake.
Millions of people across the world are expected to tune in to watch the nuptials this weekend with thousands predicted to make the trip to Windsor to celebrate in person.
After exchanging vows at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, the couple will make their way through the streets of the town in a carriage before joining guests at the reception at St George’s Hall.
In a break from the traditional fruit cake, the couple has commissioned Claire Ptak, the owner of a fashionable east London bakery, to design and create produce a lavish lemon elderflower wedding cake – covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
But guests lucky enough to have an invite to Meghan and Harry’s reception have been warned to exercise caution before sampling any of the decorative blossoms.
Elizabeth Dauncey, a botanical toxicologist who has previously worked for the poison unit in Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said: “I don’t think anyone’s idea of a perfect wedding is calling for an ambulance for a guest who assumed the flowers decorating the cake were edible.”
A range of flowers commonly used as a decorative garnish for sweet and savory dishes can be harmful if eaten.
They include delphiniums, ranunculus, clematis and anemones.
Dr Dauncey said a picture of a cake produced by the same bakery for Jools Oliver, the wife of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, last year appeared to be decorated with fresh white anemone.
She said the flowers can irritate the skin and cause vomiting.
A spokesman for Ms Ptak told The Times she was not available to discuss the fresh flowers she uses on her cakes.
After the couple revealed details about their wedding cake designer, Ms Ptak posted on Instagram: “Kinda excited to announce this one!! Violet has been chosen to make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
“They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour.”
Harry and Meghan’s cake has been specially designed to “incorporate the bright flavours of spring”.
Meghan had previously interviewed Ms Ptak, who was raised in California, for her lifestyle blog The Tig before the website was shut down.
Her bakery focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in its cakes.
Kensington Palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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