‘There was a fire in Archie’s room – and what do we have to do? Go out and do another official engagement?’: Meghan Markle tells Archetypes podcast how nursery heater caught fire during South Africa tour while the Sussexes’ baby son was downstairs

  • First episode of Meghan Markle’s Archetypes podcast has finally been released
  • Spotify episode is entitled The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams 
  • The duo discuss the double standards women face when labelled ‘ambitious’

Meghan Markle has revealed how her son Archie narrowly escaped a fire that erupted in his bedroom during the Sussexes’ tour of South Africa. 

Speaking in the first episode of her Archetypes podcast, which was released today, the Duchess, 41, said the boy’s nanny had taken the four-and-a-half month old downstairs with her when she went to get a snack. 

It was then, while herself and Prince Harry were at an engagement, that the heater in his bedroom went ablaze, setting the nursery on fire.

Meghan revealed: ‘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.’

The former Suits star told how they had dropped their young son at the housing unit they were staying in for a sleep straight after arriving on their official tour, with Meghan and the Duke of Sussex leaving to carry out a visit to the Nyanga township, where the duchess delivered a speech.

‘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,’ she said.

Speaking in the first episode of her Archetypes podcast, which was released today, the Duchess, 41, said the boy’s nanny had taken the four-and-a-half month old downstairs with her when she went to get a snack. It was then, while herself and Prince Harry were at an engagement, that the heater in his bedroom went ablaze, setting the nursery on fire. (Pictured: Meghan and Harry with Archie) 

Meghan added: ‘We came back. And, of course, as a mother, you go, ‘Oh, my God, what?’ Everyone’s in tears, everyone’s shaken. And what do we have to do? Go out and do another official engagement? I said, ‘This doesn’t make any sense’.’

The terrifying incident was unearthed in the first episode of Meghan’s Archetypes podcast, available on Spotify.

Entitled The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams, Meghan talks to her close friend and tennis superstar Williams about the double standards women face when they are labelled ‘ambitious’.

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, and the sports champion, 40, share personal stories about the struggles they felt as new mothers.

Speaking about ambition to Williams, Meghan says: ‘I don’t even remember hearing the negative connotations for the word ambition until I started dating my now husband.’ 

Meghan Markle has finally released her long-awaited podcast on Spotify – with an interview with Serena Williams

Meghan Markle and Serena Williams in New York City in 2014

The Archewell foundation announced earlier this year that the couple’s Spotify podcast would finally debut this summer – 18 months after inking the lucrative deal.

‘Archetypes’ is hosted by Meghan who will speak to historians, experts and woman who have experienced being typecast.

In a trailer for the Archewell Audio project, the duchess said: ‘This is how we talk about women: the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us. But where do these stereotypes come from? And how do they keep showing up and defining our lives?’.

The duchess, previewing the type of guests who will feature, added: ‘This is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.

‘I’ll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives. And I’ll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place.’

Meghan and Harry signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts, estimated to be worth around £18million, in late 2020. 

But they had only released one show so far – a holiday special featuring their son Archie and celebrity guests.

Spotify and Archewell Audio said: ‘Spotify and Archewell Audio both value responsible stewardship of the audio landscape, and as explained recently, are committed to working closely to support transparency and strong principles of trust and safety.’

Meghan has long been a campaigner on female empowerment. Spotify and Archewell Audio described her conversations with typecast women as ‘uncensored’ and said the duchess would delve into the origins of stereotypes.

Former Suits actress Meghan is also an executive producer on the series, along with Ben Browning, Archewell’s head of content, and Rebecca Sananes, Archewell’s head of audio.

The podcast is being produced by Archewell Audio in partnership with Gimlet Media for Spotify.

Harry also makes an appearance in the episode, with Meghan saying: ‘You wanna come say hi? Look who just popped in.’ 

Meghan and Williams greet Harry with ‘Hello’ in British accents, with Harry telling Williams: ‘I like what you’ve done with your hair. That’s a great vibe.’

Williams replies: ‘Thank you. Good to see you too as always, I miss you guys.’

The duke responds ‘Well come and see us’, with Meghan saying they will make a plan.

As Harry leaves, Meghan remarks: ‘Thanks my love.’

The Archewell foundation announced earlier this year that the couple’s Spotify podcast would finally debut this summer – 18 months after inking the lucrative deal.

Archetypes is hosted by Meghan who will speak to historians, experts and woman who have experienced being typecast.

In a prior trailer for the Archewell Audio project, the duchess said: ‘This is how we talk about women: the words that raise our girls, and how the media reflects women back to us. But where do these stereotypes come from? And how do they keep showing up and defining our lives?’.

The Duchess, previewing the type of guests who will feature, added: ‘This is Archetypes – the podcast where we dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back.

‘I’ll have conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape our narratives. And I’ll talk to historians to understand how we even got here in the first place.’

Meghan and Harry signed a lucrative deal with the audio streaming giant to host and produce podcasts, estimated to be worth around £18million, in late 2020.

But they had only released one show prior to now – a holiday special featuring their son Archie and celebrity guests, in December 2020.

Meghan has long been a campaigner on female empowerment. Spotify and Archewell Audio described her conversations with typecast women as ‘uncensored’ and said the duchess would delve into the origins of stereotypes.

Former Suits actress Meghan is also an executive producer on the series, along with Ben Browning, Archewell’s head of content, and Rebecca Sananes, Archewell’s head of audio.

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