Meghan Markle has revealed details about her son’s nanny for the first time in the first episode of her long-awaited Spotify podcast Archetypes.
During a conversation with her close friend, tennis great Serena Williams, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, recalled how Archie, now three, narrowly escaped a fire in his bedroom on the Sussexes’ royal tour to South Africa in autumn 2019.
In the episode, released on Tuesday, Meghan spoke of her distress after learning of the near-miss soon after delivering an empowering speech to girls in the Nyanga township in Cape Town, before rushing back to see Archie and then having to leave him to carry out another official engagement.
She praised Archie’s then nanny, named only as Lauren – a Zimbabwean who liked to tie him on her back with a mud cloth – as ‘amazing’ when recalling the incident.
Meghan added that Lauren stayed with the family until they left for Canada – before the Duchess and Prince Harry moved to the US after stepping back from their roles in the royal family.
It comes after Harry and Meghan were ‘forced to let go’ of one of Archie’s night nurses during her second shift with the couple ‘for being unprofessional’, their biography Finding Freedom claimed in 2020.