Meghan Markle Reveals She Miscarried Her Second Child
Writing for The New York Times, the Duchess of Sussex recalled she experienced a miscarriage in July, following the birth of her first child, Archie, in May 2019.
In the deeply heartwrenching piece, the 39-year-old explained she had started her day like any other. But after experiencing a "sharp cramp" she knew something was amiss.
"I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.
"Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband's hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we'd heal."
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In the powerful account, titled 'The Losses We Share', Meghan went on to explain how, in the midst of watching Prince Harry's heartbreak, she realised the only way to begin to heal was to ask if he was okay.
The Duchess of Sussex also referred to an interview she gave during her and Prince Harry's tour of South Africa, in which an ITV reporter asked: "Are you okay?"
Discussing how many women experience miscarriage, Meghan went on to describe losing a child as "an unbearable grief" that is "experienced by many but talked about by few".
"In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning," she said.
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