Dame Mary Berry has revealed she had to wait three and a half hours for an ambulance after breaking her hip while tripping in the garden.
Dame Mary told Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine that she fell on bricks while picking sweet peas in her garden and “fell hard”.
She said she called her husband Paul who did not answer while watching a cricket match before his son-in-law Dan came to the rescue.
Dame Mary said: “He saw me and said, ‘I’m going to get an ambulance’. I said, ‘Oh, no, I’m fine’, but he canceled me. He called the ambulance and they said, “We are very, very busy.”
“It was Sunday afternoon and there were a lot of football injuries and stuff.
“We waited three and a half hours, until 6 pm, and absolutely right too! I was perfectly happy.
“There may have been a traffic accident. I understood that they were busy and that Dan was taking care of me. He made me chat.
Dame Mary said her husband was shocked to finally see her leave in an ambulance.
She added: “They took me to Royal Berkshire Hospital and they were so good at explaining. One foot fell off and they said I broke my hip.
Dame Mary, who had polio as a child, underwent surgery the next morning and revealed doctors fixed her old hip rather than giving it a new one.
She added, “And oh, they were all adorable! “