Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, experienced every parent’s worst nightmare while they were on tour in South Africa. Per Harper’s Bazaar, the 10-day tour took place late in 2019 — just months before they stepped back from the royal family.

Markle opened up about the traumatic moment on her new podcast “Archetypes,” with her good friend and fellow mom Serena William. The couple had only just arrived in South Africa when they needed to attend their first royal engagement. Archie, who was 4 and half months at the time, remained at home with the family’s long-time nanny, Lauren.

Meghan explained that after the engagement, they were informed that a fire had broken out in the nursery at the home where they had left Archie. “The heater in the nursery caught on fire,” she said. “There was no smoke detector. Someone just happened to smell smoke down the hallway.”

Thankfully, no one was harmed — although Meghan noted that they were all “shaken.” She was also nervous after the fire, recalling the feeling of needing to leave Archie behind again after the disastrous incident. Barely recovered, Meghan and Harry were forced immediately attend another engagement. “I said, ‘This doesn’t make any sense.’ I was just like, ‘Can you just tell people what happened?’ And so much I think optically, the focus ends up on how it looks instead of how it feels.”

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