Ainsley Harriott Considering Legal Action After Sister Fell Into Water Feature At Chelsea Flower Show

The TV chef's sister Jacqueline was treated by paramedics after she was pulled from the water.
Ainsley Harriott at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Ainsley Harriott at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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Ainsley Harriott has said he is considering legal action after his sister Jacqueline fell into a water feature at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Jacqueline was treated by paramedics at the event in May after the TV chef and other VIP guests pulled her from the water.

Ainsley claimed that Health and Safety at the event, which is put on by the Royal Horticultural Society, “wasn’t particularly great” and that the area “should have been roped off”.

The Daily Mail reported he is now contemplating legal action, with the star telling the paper: “The Health and Safety was not particularly great.

“They should have roped it [the show pond] off. It was about 6ft deep — quite a drop once you hit the water.”

An RHS spokesperson said: “We take Health and Safety very seriously. Throughout the remainder of the show we made the decision to close off the garden to visitors.”

Photographs from the event showed the former Ready Steady Cook host by Jacqueline’s side as she lay on the ground after being pulled from the water feature.

An onlooker previously told The Sun that she was “coughing up lots of water”.

Ainsley later updated concerned followers, insisting Jacqueline was “doing fine” after the event, tweeting: “Just a big thank you to everyone who helped my sister when she had a fall at the Chelsea Flower Show this morning.

“She’s doing fine and all is well.”


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