Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she suffered a miscarriage in July 2020.
She brought this revelation to light in a recent article for the New York Times, where she addressed UK citizens ahead of Thanksgiving holiday.
Markle said she lost her second child after feeling a “sharp cramp” one morning in July while changing the nappy of Archie, her son.
She added that she watched the heart of Prince Harry, her husband, break as the Duke of Sussex held her “shattered” self.
“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?’,” Markle wrote.
“…After changing his diaper [first son], I felt a sharp cramp. 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.
“Losing a child means carrying almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered, in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 will have suffered 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.
“Some have bravely shared their stories; they have opened the door, knowing that when one person speaks truth, it gives license for all of us to do the same. We have learned that when people ask how any of us are doing.
“…and when they really listen to the answer, with an open heart and mind, the load of grief often becomes lighter for all of us. In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing.”
Ahead of the November 26 holiday, Markle urged her audience to always look out for one another in trying times.
“So this Thanksgiving, as we plan for a holiday unlike any before — many of us separated from our loved ones, alone, sick, scared, divided and perhaps struggling to find something, anything, to be grateful for,” she added.
“…let us commit to asking others, ‘Are you OK?’ As much as we may disagree, as physically distanced as we may be, the truth is we are more connected than ever because of all we have individually and collectively endured this year.
“We are adjusting to a new normal where faces are concealed by masks, but it’s forcing us to look into one another’s eyes — sometimes filled with warmth, other times with tears.
“For the first time, in a long time, as human beings, we are really seeing one another. Are we OK? We will be.”
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