The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has revealed that she had a miscarriage earlier this year.
In an article for The New York Times, Meghan wrote: “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
Meghan and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, had their first child, Archie, on 6 May 2019.
She describes how she “felt a sharp cramp” after changing her son Archie’s diaper.
The royal said she went to hospital with Prince Harry where she watched “her husband’s heart break” as she held his hand.
Meghan wrote: “It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day.
“After changing his diaper, 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.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
She described losing a baby as “carrying an almost unbearable grief”.
“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,” she said.
The article is entitled ‘The Losses We Share’ and the Duchess goes on to talk about the importance of asking people if they are OK.
“Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break 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?’, she writes.
“Are we?” she asks. “This year has brought so many of us to our breaking points. Loss and pain have plagued every one of us in 2020, in moments both fraught and debilitating.”
Prince Harry and Meghan now live in California where they are starting their new life, away from royal duties.