Trigger warning: Speaks of miscarriage.
Meghan Markle has revealed the tragic news that she suffered a miscarriage back in July in an extraordinarily personal disclosure coming from a high-profile UK royal.
The wife of Prince Harry and former actress wrote about the experience in detail in an opinion article published in the New York Times, revealing the intimate details that she realised the miscarrige was happening as she was holding Archie.
“It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib,” Meghan wrote.
“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." she continued.
I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,
Meghan described how she and her husband were both in tears as she lay in a hospital bed hours later.
"Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few," Meghan said.
"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.
Meghan detailed how 2020 had been a troubling year for all, detailing the stories of those effected by COVID-19 and police brutality.
"Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. 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 continued.
Meghan finished the article with a sobering line, "Are we OK? We will be."