Meghan Markle: Duchess of Sussex tells of miscarriage 'pain and grief'

Lawrence Kim
November 25, 2020

Meghan Markle: Mr Ship also praised the Duchess for taking the grief she experienced as an opportunity to discuss the difficulties of women who have suffered miscarriages.

Writing in the New York Times, the Duchess of Sussex has told how she lost the baby while holding baby Archie.

Then, as she changed 14-month-old Archie's nappy, the Duchess says: "I felt a sharp cramp".

"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second", Meghan wrote. "I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears", she wrote. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. "Loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020, in moments both fraught and debilitating".

The Duchess gave birth to her first child on May 6, 2019 when the couple still lived in United Kingdom, giving birth at London's Portland Hospital.

The Duchess has written about her experience of miscarriage in a bid to help other women open up about what continues to be a subject that few feel able to talk about.

She explains that it wasn't until the miscarriage that she and Harry learned how common an experience it is - between 10 and 20 per cent of women will suffer pregnancy loss. "Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning", she wrote in the heartbreaking piece.

An estimated one in four pregnancies in the United Kingdom ends in a miscarriage according to the charity Tommy's, which funds research into miscarriages, stillbirths and premature births, with most women losing their babies during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Meghan has said the new broke her and Harry’s heart
Meghan has said the new broke her and Harry’s heart

"Are we? This year has brought so many of us to our breaking points".

"Let us commit to asking others, "Are you OK?" "Not many people have asked if I'm OK'".

"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 haven't seen them that much in public so I suppose it is a lot easier to keep something like this private".

They have been trying to create a new role for themselves outside the constraints of life in Britain's royal bubble.

Reflecting on Bradby's simple gesture, Meghan explained: "I recalled a moment past year when Harry and I were finishing up a long tour in South Africa".

"'Thank you for asking, ' I said".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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