“It single-handedly offends every country!” South Africans attacked Meghan Markle after she spoke of a ‘fire’ in Archie’s room during a royal tour of the country
- Archie wasn’t in the room in Cape Town when the fireplace started smoking in 2019
- But the accident caused the Duchess to ‘shake’ and ‘tears’, she recently revealed
- South Africans have responded to her comments on social media in recent days
South Africans have attacked Meghan Markle after she reported an apparent fire in her son Archie’s room while she was touring the country.
She told tennis star Serena Williams in her new podcast that Archie, then four months old, was not in the room in Cape Town when the heater started smoking – but the incident left the Duchess of Sussex “shaken” and “cry”.
Understandably, others remember the incident on September 23, 2019 – and although they don’t remember there was an actual fire, the heater was definitely smoking and was unplugged and dealt with.
Despite the annoyance, Meghan said on the Spotify podcast that she had to continue with the official engagements, accusing those running the tour of focusing on ‘how it looks, rather than how it feels’.
However, South Africans have not been kind to her claims on social media, so much so that “#VoetsekMeghan” – an offensive term meaning “go away” – was popular on Twitter.
One wrote: “South Africa… you are amazing – the #VoetsekMeghan tag is awesome. She single-handedly offends every country in the world! Really a shame when most of her fan base is in SA…wow!”
Another said, “I don’t care about the fire incident but the statement: Coming to South Africa was the bravest thing I did. It speaks volumes. As if it were coming to an apocalypse or something. She has to explain in detail what he was brave in, is it because In Africa? #VoetsekMeghan’
A third added: “So after the supposed fire, Megan could have taken Archie to their engagements in South Africa. Catherine has done it in Australia and New Zealand without a problem. why you could not? do you know why? Because then it wouldn’t just be about her! #VoetsekMeghan’
Meghan holds her son Archie alongside husband Harry at the Desmond & Lea Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019
Sources have defended the Duchess over the incident, saying it could have caused understandable concern to either parent. The Sussexes were then moved to different accommodations as the tour continued.
There was undoubtedly an expectation for Harry and Meghan to continue their engagement after months of planning on the floor – but as senior members of the royal family, the couple had the final say in continuing.
One source told the Daily Telegraph that any announcement that Archie was in danger of fire – or having to cancel an event where they spoke to people about segregation – would have overshadowed the couple’s work.
Later the same day after the incident, the couple visited Cape Town’s Historic Sixth District, met residents at the Homecoming Center, and heard people forcibly removed to a town during the apartheid era, with the Sussex family also taking an impromptu tour.
District VI is a former inner-city residential district in Cape Town where freed slaves, artisans, immigrants, merchants and the Cape Malay community lived – but in 1966 the government declared it a ‘whites only district’, and it had over 60,000 residents. It was forcibly removed and moved to the town of Cape Flats, about 15 miles away.