It’s party time at Prince Harry’s house, because someone found a patch of very special, hallucinogenic mushrooms growing in Queen Elizabeth’s garden at Buckingham Palace.
According to NBC News, a patch of hallucinogenic mushrooms was actually discovered on the grounds at Buckingham Palace by celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh, who was at the palace with a camera crew to film a Christmas special about gardening for British broadcaster ITV. While filming his TV show, Titchmarsh laid eyes upon some red and white fly agaric mushrooms, which are a very pretty mushroom, but reportedly cause hallucinations in humans if parboiled and eaten.
“I won’t be eating any,” Titchmarsh said.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed that there are hallucinogenic mushrooms growing in the Queen’s garden, but said they occur naturally and actually help some of the trees growing there.
"There are several hundred fungi species in the palace garden, including a small number of naturally occurring fly agaric mushrooms," said the spokesperson, who was presumably a bit tired of fielding telephone calls about whether or not Queen Elizabeth II was high on mushrooms.
The spokesperson went on to clarify that while there were many species of mushroom growing on the palace grounds, none of them were actually used in the palace kitchens or fed to the queen.