THE DUCHESS of Sussex has opened up about the trauma of son Archie who narrowly escaped a fire in his bedroom.
It happened during the Sussexes’ tour of South Africa.
Meghan recounted the experience on her long-awaited Archetypes podcast, which was released on Spotify on Tuesday, in a conversation with her close friend, tennis great Serena Williams.
She spoke of her desperation after learning of the near miss shortly after giving a speech to girls in Cape Town’s Nyanga community. She rushed back to see Archie and then had to leave him to go on another official date.
“There was this moment where I’m standing on a stump and I’m giving this speech to women and girls and we call off the engagement, we get in the car and they say there’s a fire at the residence. What? There was a fire in the baby’s room,’ she said.
“We came back. And of course, as a mother, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, what?’ Everyone’s in tears, everyone’s shaken. And what do we have to do? Get out there and go on another official date. Me said, ‘That doesn’t make sense’.”
The Sussexes had dropped their baby son off at the accommodation unit where they stayed to sleep right after flying in for their official tour in 2019, and the couple then left to kickstart their royal visit with their first engagement.
Archie’s nanny at the time, just called Lauren, a Zimbabwean who liked to tie him behind his back with a mud cloth, had taken him downstairs while she went to get a snack when the heater in the nursery caught fire.
Meghan said: “By the time she went downstairs the heater in the children’s room caught fire. There was no smoke detector. Someone accidentally smelled smoke in the hallway, went in, fire extinguished. He should sleep there.”
The Duchess described how she wanted to tell people what had happened.
“I thought: can you just tell people what happened? And so much, I think, visually, the focus is on how it looks rather than how it feels,” she said.
She said there was a need to better understand the “human moments behind the scenes.”
The Duchess added, “We had to leave our baby behind… and although we were moved to another location after that, we still had to leave and have another official engagement.”
Williams replies, “I couldn’t have done that.”
Later that same day, the couple had visited Cape Town’s historic District Six neighborhood, met residents at the Homecoming Center and heard from people who had been forcibly evicted into a township during the apartheid era, with the Sussexes also conducting an impromptu walking tour.
Meghan and Harry’s controversial African tour took place in the fall of 2019, just months before they retired as senior working royals.
During the trip, the US-born former Suits star filmed an interview with ITV in which she opened up about her struggles with royal life and how she’d tried to cope with the pressure by putting on a “stiff upper lip”. .
Speaking on the podcast, which addressed the double standards women face when they are called “ambitious”, Meghan said: “I don’t recall ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious”. until I started dating my now-husband.”
Williams reveals that Harry helped her with her decision to retire from tennis well before it was announced and spent about an hour discussing the issue with her.
Meghan, who left the monarchy with the Queen’s grandson to start a new life in California, told Williams: “I think, you know, I think the two or three of us really know that sometimes it’s the right decision the simplest decision is not correct.”
Discussing William’s retirement, Meghan added, “I also think it takes a lot of courage to stop something in many ways than sometimes to move on.”
Meghan also admitted to being “so tired” during pregnancy, with Williams saying, “You’ve been under a lot of stress,” and the Duchess saying, “Yes, it’s true.”
Harry and Meghan claimed in their interview with Oprah Winfrey that the institution of monarchy did not help a suicidal Meghan while pregnant with their son.
Meghan’s next Archetypes podcast – part of the Sussexes; Multi-million pound deal with Spotify – with singer Mariah Carey.
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