The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has revealed she had a miscarriage in July, writing in an article of feeling “an almost unbearable grief”.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan said in a piece for the New York Times.
Meghan and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, had their first child, Archie, on 6 May 2019.
Meghan wrote that “loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020”.
She said in a morning in July this year, she felt a “sharp cramp” and hours later, from a hospital bed, watched “my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine”.
Meghan, 39, shared her experience to urge people to “commit to asking others, ‘are you OK?'” over the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.
The duke and duchess moved to California to live away from the media spotlight, after stepping back as senior royals in January.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” the duchess wrote in her article.
“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.
“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.”