​Meghan’s horror as Archie’s room catches fire ​

Tuesday - 23/08/2022 09:22
Meghan Markle has relived the horror moment a fire broke out in son Archie’s nursery.

Meghan Markle has relived the horror moment a fire broke out in son Archie’s nursery.

The long-awaited first episode of Meghan’s Spotify podcast Archetypes dropped today.

In it, the Duchess of Sussex told her friend Serena Williams about the horror moment she found out Archie’s nursery had caught ablaze during the Sussexes’ tour of South Africa.

Archie’s then nanny - named only as Lauren - was looking after the tot in a house in Nyanga, The Sun reported.
 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holds her baby son Archie (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holds her baby son Archie (Photo by HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP)


Meghan said: “The moment we landed, we had to drop [Archie] off at this housing unit that they had us staying in.

“He was going to get ready to go down for his nap. 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.

“We get back our amazing nanny, Lauren. Lauren in floods of tears.

“She was supposed to put Archie down for his nap and she just said, You know what? Let me just go get a snack downstairs.

“And she was from Zimbabwe and we loved that she would always tie him on her back with a mud cloth, and her instinct was like, ‘let me just bring him with me before I put him down’.

“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. He was supposed to be sleeping in there.”
 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie and Lilibet. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski/Handout/The Duke and Duchess of Sussex)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie and Lilibet. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski/Handout/The Duke and Duchess of Sussex)


In the 57-minute show, Meghan and Serena also “the double standard women face when they are labelled ‘ambitious’”, the description reads.

The “ground-breaking” episode also features conversations with “leading expert on gender” Dr Laura Kray, it adds.

Meghan opens the podcast by stating: “When I was 11 years old, growing up in LA, I saw a commercial that would change the way I understood my place in the world.

“Let me be clear: it wasn’t because this ad was some kind of ingenious piece of marketing – actually, it was just the opposite.

“So, here’s what happened: I was in the 6th grade, I was sitting in my classroom – and we were watching TV, when a commercial came on.”
 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Photo by Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Photo by Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP)

The audio from the Ivory Dish Soap Commercial then plays.

Meghan famously appeared in a 1993 Nick News segment addressing the advert - saying it “hurt my feelings”.

She goes on to say: “Hi, I’m Meghan. And this is ARCHETYPES – my podcast about the labels and tropes that try to hold women back.

“Over the course of the next dozen episodes, we’re going to live inside and rip apart the boxes women have been placed into for generations – boxes like diva, crazy, the b-word, sl**.

“Some of these words – these labels – are harsh; they’re abrasive. And I want to get to the bottom of where they come from, why they’ve stuck around for so long, and – importantly – how we can move past them.”

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