Meghan Markle’s royal wedding flowers contain poisonous lily of the valley

Meghan Markle’s royal wedding flowers contain poisonous lily of the valley

Meghan Markle followed a special tradition established by previous royal brides when she married Prince Harry at Windsor Castle.

The small bouquet she carried contained a mix of flowers that the bride prefers and carries a special meaning.

But one flower – beloved by previous royal brides – has the potential to be deadly.

Meghan’s wedding bouquet included a mix of flowers that followed royal traditions. (Getty)

Meghan’s bouquet included Forget-Me-Nots flowers, chosen because they were one of Princess Diana’s favorite flowers. It also contains fragrant sweet pea, astilbe, jasmine, aster, myrtle sprigs and lily of the valley.

Not only did Meghan carry a lily of the valley down the aisle, but she chose to have the flower adorn the heads of her young wedding attendees, including Princess Charlotte.

Lily of the valley is a flower popular with royal brides. Both Diana, Princess of Wales and Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, included the delicate flower in their wedding bouquets.

Meghan Markle's royal wedding flowers contained poisonous lily of the valley
Princess Charlotte was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Getty)

But the flower can be toxic to humans if handled incorrectly.

Writing to Gardening knows how “Behind its pleasant exterior and pleasant scent lurks a potential villain,” urban agriculture scientist Bonnie L. Grant said of the plant.

“The toxicity of lily of the valley makes it unsafe for children and pets to be around,” Grant wrote.

“The plant is so dangerous that ingestion could result in a trip to the emergency room, or in rare cases, death.”

Princess Charlotte was three years old at the time of the royal wedding in May 2018. Although she is old enough to learn not to eat flowers, the danger was there.

“All parts of the plant are poisonous, and lily of the valley can be fatal if ingested, especially to children,” Grant wrote.

Meghan Markle's royal wedding flowers contain poisonous lily of the valley
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day in May 2018. (Getty)

Fortunately, Princess Charlotte and the other young members of Meghan’s wedding party did not consume the plant.

We highly doubt that Meghan would have put any of the attendees in harm’s way, as she trusts florist Philippa Craddock to safely collect her wedding flowers.

Meghan’s bouquet also included myrtle springs, in a royal tradition that began with Queen Victoria. Meghan was plucked from a plant grown from the same myrtle plant used in Queen Elizabeth’s wedding bouquet.

Princess Diana’s memory was also honored with white floral arrangements around St George’s Chapel, including roses which were another of her favourites. Meghan and Harry chose white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves as the flowers for their big day, accompanied by sprigs of seasonal plants.

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