Meghan and Harry accused of making insensitive choice with pregnancy announcement

Lawrence Kim
October 17, 2018

But hundreds were upset and criticised their timing online, saying the news couldn't have come on a worse day.

Unfortunately, the happy couple chose an awkward and unintentionally offensive day to make the announcement.

The palace did not confirm if Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, were aware their announcement coincided with the commemorative event, which marks the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week.

But for those who woke up thinking October 15, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, would be their one day to discuss pregnancy and infant loss openly, the duke and duchess' joyous news is actually quite upsetting, and almost impossible to avoid.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is an global day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and any death of a newborn.

It is also observed in several other countries, including the UK, Canada, Norway, Italy and Kenya and parts of Australia, according to Metro UK.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are facing backlash from bereaved parents and their friends on social media after revealing their first child is due in spring next year.

"Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild", a second statement read.

Ruth Bender Atik, national director of the Miscarriage Association, said: 'I imagine they didn't know. I can understand how people feel.

The day of recognition follows on from the introduction in 2015 of early loss recognition certificates by the then Attorney-General, the late Vanessa Goodwin. It can be deeply hurtful but I have to be sure they had no idea of the significance of the day'. Many of them will also remember the joy they felt when they were pregnant.

Following the announcement Monday that Kensington Palace is gearing up to welcome another royal, a source close to the Duchess of Sussex's estranged father revealed to The Sun that Thomas is overjoyed to be a grandfather, stating that he learned of the news prior to it being made public.

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