Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex revealed she suffered a miscarriage in July this year, talking about the deep grief and loss she endured with her husband Prince Harry.
In a piece in the New York Times, Meghan said she “felt a sharp cramp” while changing the diaper of her first child, Archie, whom she had with her husband Prince Harry in 2019.
” 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,” Meghan wrote.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
The Duchess described the difficulty of losing her unborn child and reflected on the hardships of the past year in the deeply personal piece.
“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,” she wrote.
She reflected on an interview during a royal tour in 2019 in which she held back tears after a reporter asked “Are you OK?”
“Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heartbreak as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, ‘Are you OK?'” Meghan said in the piece.
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“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she said.
“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 a miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.”
Meghan and her husband Prince Harry stepped back from their official duties as the British royal at the beginning of this year, moving to California, USA ad frequently challenging intense coverage of their lives by the media.