'Today' host Karl Stefanovic MOCKS Meghan Markle’s reaction to fire in her son Archie’s nursery

In the first episode of the podcast released on Tuesday, Meghan recalled how her son Archie nearly escaped a fire that broke out in his nursery

'Today' host Karl Stefanovic MOCKS Meghan Markle’s reaction to fire in her son Archie’s nursery
'Today' host Karl Stefanovic mocked Meghan Markle’s reaction to fire in Archie’s nursery (screenshot from The Daily Mail and Spotify/YouTube)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: 'Today' host Karl Stefanovic laughed at Meghan Markle and asked co-host, Allison Langdon, to "stop faking sympathy" while discussing Meghan Markle’s reaction to the blaze in her son Archie’s nursery.

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The 'Today' host, who never let go of a chance to publicly target the Duchess of Sussex, showed unsympathetic reactions while listening to the 41-year-old describing the horrific incident in her new Spotify podcast Archetypes.

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In the first episode of the podcast released on Tuesday, August 23, Meghan recalled how her son Archie now three nearly escaped a blaze that broke out in his nursery during the Sussexes' royal tour to South Africa in autumn 2019. She said the newborn was saved by the nanny but the incident shook her and gave her a hard time attending her royal engagements scheduled on that day.

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Today host Karl Stefanovic mocks Meghan Markle’s reaction to fire in Archie’s nursery
 (screenshot from The Daily Mail)
Today host Karl Stefanovic mocks Meghan Markle’s reaction to the fire in Archie’s nursery (screenshot from The Daily Mail)

Stefanovic snickered at Meghan's reaction and asked his co-host, Allison Langdon, "So, just to get this right, the baby's, what, not even there?" "No... the nanny had taken the baby from the room before the fire ignited," Langdon, who was trying to show compassion towards Meghan replied.

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"But... so then, the baby's not there when the fire catches, right? And because the baby wasn't there, she was going to have difficulties going to a function? Oh, my God," Stefanovic said, rolling his eyes.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa

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Langdon attempted to remind Stefanovic that Meghan has felt vulnerable as a new mother, who was miles away from her newborn son. But her co-host ignored her argument and burst out in laughter while asking her to stop faking sympathy for Meghan. "That is not you talking. You are a woman who says 'grow a set.' That's what you would say normally," he said.

In the episode titled 'The Misconception of Ambition' with Serena Williams, Meghan relived the horrific incident when her son Archie luckily escaped a fire in his bedroom during her South Africa tour. She said the episode happened after the heater in Archie’s room caught fire. But fortunately, her four and half-month-old son was not present in the room. He was downstairs with his nanny, who had gone "to get a snack."

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Meghan Markle on The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams (Spotify/YouTube)
Meghan Markle on The Misconception of Ambition with Serena Williams (Spotify/YouTube)

''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, who we'd had until, um, in Canada here. Lauren was 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,” she said on the podcast.

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Further in the podcast, Meghan and the 23-time grand slam champion discussed the double standard a woman has to face when labeled "ambitious."


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"I don't remember ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word 'ambitious' until I started dating my now husband," Meghan said before adding "And um, apparently ambition is, uh… a terrible, terrible thing, for a woman that is - according to some." "So since I've felt the negativity behind it, it's really hard to un-feel it. I can't unsee it either, in the millions of girls and women who make themselves smaller - so much smaller - on a regular basis," she concluded.

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The first episode of the long-awaited podcast came out nearly two years after The Duke and Duchess signed a $30 million podcast deal with Spotify.

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