Meghan Markle revealed her experience of suffering a tragic loss in the summer of 2020. The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she suffered a miscarriage, in an latest opinion piece for The New York Times, titled “The losses we share”.
Meghan recalled a morning in July changing the nappy of her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, when she 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,” the Duchess writes. “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, shared her personal loss and tragic experience to encourage people everywhere to asking others, 'are you OK?' over the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic going on around the world, the duchess urge people to ask others if they are feeling OK? "For the first time, in a long time, as human beings, we are really seeing one another," she writes. "Are we OK? We will be," she wrote.
The duchess continued writing, “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."
The reason behind writing a heartfelt and personal essay for Meghan, is to voice the pain and the loss women bear the trauma of miscarriage and to help break the silence around an issue that is still considered taboo by many, despite being so common in the world.
“Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.”
The duchess and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, moved to California, after stepping back as senior royals in January. Their first child, Archie, was born on 6 May 2019.