Duchess Meghan reveals Archie’s bedroom caught fire during South Africa tour

Published Aug 24, 2022


Duchess Meghan recalled the horrifying incident during a conversation with tennis legend Serena Williams in the premiere episode of her “Archetypes” podcast.

She had to continue with her engagements despite the shock.

The blaze occurred in 2019 when Meghan and her husband Prince Harry visited the Nyanga township in South Africa for an official talk while Archie, then four months old, was looked after by staff.

She said: “We finished the engagement, we get in the car and they say: there’s been a fire at the residence.”

A stunned Williams said: “What?”

Meghan said: “(They said) ‘There’s been a fire in the baby’s room’. I can’t believe I’m even talking about this.

“We’d just landed an hour, two hours before. We raced back, and our amazing nanny Lauren, who we’d had all the way from Canada to here, was in floods of tears.”

The former “Suits” star – who was known as Meghan Markle before she married into the British Royal Family – said their nanny was preparing to put Archie in bed for his nap when she decided to bring him with her at the last minute so she could get a snack instead.

She said: “In that amount of time that she went downstairs, the heater in the nursery caught fire.

“There was no smoke detector, someone happened to smell smoke down the hallway, went in, fire (was) extinguished. He was supposed to be sleeping in there.

“We came back, and of course, as a mother … everyone’s in tears, everyone’s shaken. And what did we have to do? Go out and give another official engagement.”

The revelation was made in the first episode of the “Archetypes” Spotify podcast, which launched on Tuesday and features a candid chat between Meghan and the tennis icon.

A description for the episode, titled “The misconception of ambition with Serena Williams”, reads: “Meghan talks to the one and only Serena Williams about the double standard women face when they are labelled ‘ambitious’ and the ripple effects this has on other aspects of their lives.

“This ground-breaking premiere episode also features Dr Laura Kray, a leading expert on gender in the workplace.”

The launch episode comes almost two years after Meghan and Harry – who stepped down as senior members of the British Royal Family in 2020 before relocating to California – announced their partnership with Spotify through their Archewell Audio company.

A Holiday Special had previously been released in the same year, with guests such as James Corden and Sir Elton John featuring with Archie also making an adorable cameo appearance.