Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reveals son Archie's bedroom caught fire during South Africa tour
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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has claimed that her and Prince Harry’s son Archie’s bedroom caught on fire during their tour of South Africa in 2019… and that they were then made to immediately do another official engagement despite being shaken and upset.

The 41-year-old revealed to Serena Williams on the debut episode of her Archetypes podcast on Tuesday that a fire broke out in the nursery where Archie, then aged four-and-a-half months, had been due to go down for a nap while his parents were attending an official engagement.

“We immediately went to an official engagement in this township called Nyanga, and there was this moment where I’m standing on a tree stump and I’m giving this speech to women and girls, and we finish the engagement, we get in the car and they say, ‘There’s been a fire at the residence.’ ‘What?’ ‘There’s been a fire in the baby’s room.’ ‘What?'” she recalled.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, talk with a child during a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, on the first day of their African tour in Cape Town, South Africa, September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, speaks during a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, on the first day of her African tour in Cape Town, South Africa, September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, dance during a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, on the first day of their African tour in Cape Town, South Africa, September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan, hugs a child during the Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, on the first day of her African tour in Cape Town, South Africa, September 23, 2019. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS

Meghan and Harry raced back to their residence and discovered that fortunately Archie wasn’t in the room at the time of the fire because their nanny had taken him downstairs with her to get a snack.


“In that amount of time that she went downstairs, the heater in the nursery caught on fire. There was no smoke detector. Someone happened to just smell smoke down the hallway – went in, fire extinguished,” Meghan said. “He was supposed to be sleeping in there.”

Despite being “in tears” and “shaken” by the incident, Meghan and Harry had to leave Archie to go to another engagement, even though she suggested telling people what happened instead.

“The focus ends up being on how it looks instead of how it feels…”

“I think, optically, the focus ends up being on how it looks instead of how it feels,” she shared. “Because we did – we had to leave our baby. And even though we were being moved to another place afterwards, we still had to leave him and go do another official engagement.”

Meghan and Harry, who are also parents to 14-month-old daughter Lilibet, stepped back from their roles as senior members of the royal family in 2020.

Source: Cover Media (via Reuters)